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————————————————— The Brazilian academy of sciences officially demand a moratorium on shale gas development CARTA SBPC DILMA (Engl and Spanish) CARTA SBPC DILMA JULY 2013 – reporter: FOE Scotland (FMN 115) ———————————————————————————– Bans and moratoria around the world France: A nationwide ban on fracking Switzerland: A moratorium on fracking was introduced in the canton of Fribourg Germany: Moratorium in Northrhine-Westphalia on fracking. Bulgaria: Government banned fracking Czech Republic: A moratorium on fracking, considering outright ban Spain: Cantabria banned fracking, La Rioja is also currently considering same Netherlands: Moratorium on unconventional fossil fuels Denmark: Moratorium on fracking Quebec: A moratorium on fracking United States: Vermont banned fracking, and New York has moratorium New South Wales: ban on any coal bed methane activity within 2km of residential areas, and within critical industry clusters such as winegrowing areas Ireland: 2-year moratorium on fracking NOT OFFICIAL just awaiting the outcome of an EPA report, will be relesead in 2015) 1.
France, Bulgaria and the region of Cantabria in the North of Spain have already banned hydraulic fracturing on environmental concerns, while Romania, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Denmark and North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany have proclaimed moratoria.
Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) there already exists a precedent for the legal challenges to fracking bans and regulations that the new report warns could be the state of things to come in Europe and Canada.
While the majority of European countries concerned with shale gas endowments are taking positions against it, powerful oil and gas corporations are pushing back against regulation.