Why are people protesting?
The global anti-fracking movement
“When government turns against people, resistance
becomes a r...
What’s at stake with fracking?
• How long can you survive
without:
 Air? 3 minutes
 Water? 3 days (up to 6-7
days)
 Foo...
USA shale: boom or doom?
• Mid 2000’ – Fracking industry
takes off, industry and
government present only the
bright side: ...
Fracking denial – government strategy
Drop it!
Forget about it!
Hide it!
Delaying of the EPA report on fracking from 2012...
USA shale: definitely doom!
• THEN…Gasland movie, the most influential vehicle of showing
worldwide the disasters related ...
Scientific proofs are crying out for a BAN!
• Professor Tony Ingraffea: the new form of fracking: “an
unparalelled danger ...
Science is politics: The deaf years of the
governments
• Politics of the revolving doors
• Politicians and regulatory bodi...
Yes we can: BAN FRACKING NOW!
Evolution of the antifracking movement
in the USA
Shale gase reserves around the globe
– Fracking as a global issue -
The antifracking movement
– grassroots activism going global -
• Due to global communication – easy to spread the
informat...
Fracktivism around the world
There are now antifracking movements all over the world,
covering most of the countries with ...
Strong voices against fracking
Pope Francis
European Parliament – overheard
Fracktivism around the world
Australia South Africa
Fracktivism around the world
New
Zeeland
Argentina
Fracktivism around the world – France
Ban in place, yet attempts to lift it
Fracktivism around the world – UK
Massive opposition, yet Cameron is unmoved
Euro-Maghrebian Network against fracking
Why are people protesting?
• They feel their life and their future threatened by the
contamination of water, air, land and...
Fracking – the new terrorism of the state
against its own citizens
Fracking and Democracy
• Where it has arrived, fracking slashed democracy. The blockade
estate: USA, Canada (New Brunswick...
Romania, the fracking hell
• Over 60% of the country leased for fracking
• Current government has promised to ban fracking...
That’s why are the people protesting
• Jack, 9 years old, Balcombe
blockade, August 2013:
“ I don't want it to happen. I
h...
Why the war on fracking is so important
• Fracking is about your WATER, about your AIR, about
your HEALTH and LIFE, your b...
Join the fight! Be a protector!
• Thank you for speaking out!
Maria Olteanu, protector.
Instead of conclusion
Please Watch
- Gasland 1 and 2 (Josh Fox, 2010, 2013)
- Drill, baby, drill! (Lech Kowalski 2013)
- F...
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ResearchTalks Vol.7 - Why are the people protesting against fracking?

  1. 1. Why are people protesting? The global anti-fracking movement “When government turns against people, resistance becomes a responsibility”
  2. 2. What’s at stake with fracking? • How long can you survive without:  Air? 3 minutes  Water? 3 days (up to 6-7 days)  Food? 3 weeks Water = 65% of the human body
  3. 3. USA shale: boom or doom? • Mid 2000’ – Fracking industry takes off, industry and government present only the bright side: shale boom, price decreases, energy independence, “game changer”. • Politics of the revolving doors helped fracking to take off: the Halliburton loophole helped circumventing the environmental legislation (exception from the Clean Water and Clean Air Act for the fracking operations).
  4. 4. Fracking denial – government strategy Drop it! Forget about it! Hide it! Delaying of the EPA report on fracking from 2012 to 2016!!! Obama Administration censoring relevant results of the EPA PA. July 2013 – Dept of Energy – fracking is safe, the chemicals did not reach the aquifers! Methane is naturally occurring. Yet EPA employees advising people off the record not to drink the water! Hiding the database, making it difficult to access - DEP PA
  5. 5. USA shale: definitely doom! • THEN…Gasland movie, the most influential vehicle of showing worldwide the disasters related to fracking already in 2010 – the real “game changer” in the story of fracking. • Further home-made movies of the harmed, showing the nightmare of fracking, reaching out to a broader audience. • Resistance started taking shape in rural America: Local action groups meeting in kitchens, movies, discussions, support groups – the very grassroots character of the antifracking movement.
  6. 6. Scientific proofs are crying out for a BAN! • Professor Tony Ingraffea: the new form of fracking: “an unparalelled danger to the environment and the human health”. • Ever since, a growing body of peer reviewed scientific evidence has piled up to show only a tiny fraction of what the long term catastrophic impacts of fracking can be. • Simple citizens turned overnight into geologists, chemists, lawyers, rig hunters, film makers and started the resistance. Global communication helped them get the word out! National and international networks of fracktivism started emerging. • Scientists, physicians and artists, local elected politicians, landlords, brewers, farmers joined forces to stop fracking.
  7. 7. Science is politics: The deaf years of the governments • Politics of the revolving doors • Politicians and regulatory bodies in environmental protection – not availing to the growing body of scientific evidence on the MASSIVE dangers of fracking for the environment and the public health. • Citizens availed themselves massively to the results and the consequences. • The fight started, by all means: Petitions, letters, written comments, lawsuits. Protests, fracking site blockades, civil disobedience. Yet the authorities ignored them constantly – democratic legitimacy questioned! • Massive frustration of many local communities, leading the locals to act in “self defence”.
  8. 8. Yes we can: BAN FRACKING NOW!
  9. 9. Evolution of the antifracking movement in the USA
  10. 10. Shale gase reserves around the globe – Fracking as a global issue -
  11. 11. The antifracking movement – grassroots activism going global - • Due to global communication – easy to spread the information on the dangers. English helped a lot! • Fracktivism – not just another “green cult”. Very genuine grassroots movement. Barely any big NGOs involved. • Fracktivism - as grassrooty, unconventional as it can get: conservative, middle class bourgeoisie joining the fight, together with farmers and workers, environmental activists. • Fracktivism - beyond political and religious views; the first EM bringing the subject of “destroying the creation”. • "I have never seen an environmental movement spread with such wildfire as this. It’s like lighting a fire of powder” (Robert Boyle)
  12. 12. Fracktivism around the world There are now antifracking movements all over the world, covering most of the countries with fracking plans Global Frackdown 3 – mid october
  13. 13. Strong voices against fracking Pope Francis European Parliament – overheard
  14. 14. Fracktivism around the world Australia South Africa
  15. 15. Fracktivism around the world New Zeeland Argentina
  16. 16. Fracktivism around the world – France Ban in place, yet attempts to lift it
  17. 17. Fracktivism around the world – UK Massive opposition, yet Cameron is unmoved
  18. 18. Euro-Maghrebian Network against fracking
  19. 19. Why are people protesting? • They feel their life and their future threatened by the contamination of water, air, land and much more dangers associated with fracking. • They are fed up with the blatant lies of the government, allied with the companies and the way they are just ignoring their voices. • They are fighting for democracy, for their right to decide how the future of their community and of the planet looks like • A global awareness network is being set up by means of fracking, that can be the powerhouse for the new global revolution, one that will attack the roots of the problem: GREED and ruthless capitalism and the wish to control.
  20. 20. Fracking – the new terrorism of the state against its own citizens
  21. 21. Fracking and Democracy • Where it has arrived, fracking slashed democracy. The blockade estate: USA, Canada (New Brunswick), Argentina (Neuquen Province), Australia (Bentley blockade), Barton Moss, Balcombe (UK), Zurawlow • Police intervened brutally to suppress the protests, shooting guns, beating women, old, impaired persons, arrested peaceful protesters. • Romania, Poland – massive intimidations of the police and the authorities.
  22. 22. Romania, the fracking hell • Over 60% of the country leased for fracking • Current government has promised to ban fracking before coming to power, then U-turn. • Blatant abuses of the local authorities, huge lobby, mayors buy land to lease it to the gas companies • Secret fracking rigs, no environmental standards met. • Rural people of Romania – subsistance agriculture – 45% of the population, heavily relying on agriculture, water, soil. • Massive fracking plans, yet secret. • Romania already energy independent. • Fracking oponents – accused of being paid by Putin • Pungesti – a war zone, riot policemen defending Chevron site
  23. 23. That’s why are the people protesting • Jack, 9 years old, Balcombe blockade, August 2013: “ I don't want it to happen. I haven't been to a protest before. It's sort of scary sometimes. But this is poisoning the water and I want clean water and I don't want the air polluted either.“ Children at the anti Chevron blockade in Pungesti, Romania
  24. 24. Why the war on fracking is so important • Fracking is about your WATER, about your AIR, about your HEALTH and LIFE, your basic RIGHTS, your FUTURE! Poisoning your water is simply poisoning yourself! It is about the survival on this planet! • Now, not in your backyard, soon, it will be! Get ready to fight it and meanwhile follow and support the other fights! • Fracking, if not stopped, will be the most tremendous envirnmental problem of the centuries to come. Water poisoning around the globe and speeding up global warming are just some of the impacts of fracking. • If citizens don’t act, the future will be pretty dire.
  25. 25. Join the fight! Be a protector! • Thank you for speaking out! Maria Olteanu, protector.
  26. 26. Instead of conclusion Please Watch - Gasland 1 and 2 (Josh Fox, 2010, 2013) - Drill, baby, drill! (Lech Kowalski 2013) - Fracking and Democracy, Lech Kowalski - Split Estate (2009)

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