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Unfracked: why shale gas should stay in the ground


This public conference by the Greens/EFA group will be fully interpreted by
International Sign (IS) interpreters in the room. Live Speech to Text will also be projected in the room.


There are several myths circulating about the extraction of shale gas, coal bed methane and other unconventional fossils, through different methods, notably hydraulic fracturing. These include: – that the extraction of such fuels will bring prosperity to Europe – that we can replicate the economic boom of the US, without repeating their environmental mistakes – that shale gas and other UFFs are necessary transition fuels – that they are good for the climate – that we do not need any extra legislation in Europe to regulate these technologies – that the risks to public health are minimal.

These are just some of the many myths which will be discussed and debunked during the Greens/EFA Group’s morning conference on unconventional fossil fuel extraction, alongside in-depth discussion of the legislative framework, and examples of “fracking-free” campaigns in Europe and the US. Speakers include researchers, academics, campaigners, economists, activists, NGOs, engineers and other stakeholders in this debate. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and debate from the floor.


from MEP

Part 1: Fracking-free zones and the legislative framework 

Introduction and moderation by journalist Marine Jobert

Presentation and Q&A of case study of fracking-free zones in Netherlands
Geert Ritsema
, Campaign coordinator Friends of the Earth, Netherlands

Presentation from US Frack Action campaign
John Armstrong

Presentation on European legislative framework
Helène Bras
, lawyer, France

Presentation of materials “Frack-tivists guide to EU legislation”
by MEP

Open debate/Question & Answer section

Part 2: Top 10 myths about shale gas explained

Moderated by MEP

Presentation of 3 of the ‘top’ myths in 10 minute presentations:

MYTH 1) Shale gas extraction is good for the climate
Gabrielle Petron
, University of Colorado


MYTH 2) The existing legislative framework is adequate
Mike Hill
, oil & gas engineer, UK


MYTH 3) Shale gas is good for the economy
Thomas Porcher
, economist, France


MYTH 4) Shale gas poses minimal risk to public health
Sandra Steingraber
(via skype)


MYTHS 5 – 10)
presentation by MEP (a run through of the remaining myths)

Open debate/Question & Answer section

Part 3: Allies and enemies? Who are the winners and losers?

Presentation from the brewers association

Presentation from trade union

Presentation on who it is who stands to gain from shale gas exploration (aside from fracking companies)

Open debate/Question & Answer section

by MEP


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