International: Bulgaria Bans Shale Gas Drilling; U.S.: Fast Against Fracking
After environmental protesters took to the streets throughout Bulgaria calling for a ban on shale gas drilling, Bulgarian MPs voted overwhelmingly for a ban on Wednesday. Bulgaria has become the second European nation, after France, to ban fracking. BBC reports that Bulgaria revoked a fracking permit previously granted to U.S. energy giant Chevron. Excerpt below; read the full report here.
Bread loaves symbolised nature at an anti-fracking rally in the Bulgarian capital SofiaBulgaria has become the second European country after France to ban exploratory drilling for shale gas using the extraction method called “fracking”.
Over 200 people gathered in front of Central Park in Shumen, to support the national protest against the extraction of shale gas.
The protest began at 11am and went in the form of a procession that started from Central Park, went through the pedestrian zone boulevard “Slavic” and the District Administration and complete the theater.
People of all ages expressed their dissatisfaction with the decision of government [to permit exploratory drilling] and chest [coffin], according protester ashtate symbolizes the future of the nation, if not taken into account the damage that [can be caused by shale gas]. Organizers of the protest invited mummers to “dispel evil forces” and those in power finally to heed the demands of people.
Protesters demanding a moratorium on [their government’s decision to permit] exploration and production of shale gas technology hydraulic shock.
Back in the U.S., even while tens of thousands of people have taken action to successfully maintain the moratorium on fracking in the Delaware River Basin, one man began fasting against fracking in New York State. Here is a moving interview with him, “In The Clearing Stands A Boxer: One Man’s Fight Against Fracking” in which Mr. McElligott, a 53-year old former boxer, a U.S. citizen, married with four children, explains why he’s undertaken a hunger strike to prevent high-volume fracking from coming to New York State:
Mr. McElligott made many attempts to engage local political officials, on both sides of the aisle, in a dialogue on the potential hazards of this process. He was uniformly rebuffed. He wrote them repeatedly to no avail, and likewise wrote to his neighbors to explain the dangers of fracking.
Finally, when all other avenues had been exhausted, Mr. McElligott made his decision. He would lay himself upon the gears and the wheels, even as it put him in great personal peril.
From the national uprising in Bulgaria to one man’s hunger strike in New York State, the more people understand both the acute and the long-term, cumulative devastation caused by high-volume hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling, the more we resist. Don’t go into a state of hydraulic shock. Pick the tactics and strategies that best suit you and your region, build the resistance, and win.