The LNG terminal in Gothenburg has officially started construction, and resistance is as strong as ever. The company is yet to be granted permission to store and sell gas. On Sunday 11th Feb, people protested in front of the Social Democrat’s offices to demand that they deny the permit (see pictures).
Two LNG terminals have been planned in Ireland for the last ten years. The planning permission is about to run out and local groups are fighting for it not to be extended. Don’t hesitate to contact the local resistance to make a joint submission to the planning board on the impacts of gas on local communities (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The tension is still high, with earthquakes and protests increasing in Groningen. While debates around the drilling of the islands are also on the agenda, fracked gas is definitely not. Expect serious and inspiring resistance this August (24-31) in Groningen.
ODG and Ecologistas en Accion organised the first national-level strategic meeting on gas in Madrid with a public panel debate including politicians. They also met up with trade unionists as well as bigger NGOs to open a conversation on gas.
Temporary victory against fracking! The company Third Energy was about to get permission to frack in the North of England, but the government has launched an inquiry into the company’s finances and is holding back the granting of permissions.
A campaign against the Krk offshore LNG terminal is kicking off. A strong local resistance led by the local municipality and county has now been joined by a campaign of Friends of the Earth Croatia.
TransAdriatic Pipeline (TAP)
After months of fierce criticism by NGOs, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has voted in favour of a loan for the TAP pipeline (last leg of mega pipeline linking Azerbaijan to Italy).
The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) held a public consultation on whether it should also fund the pipeline. As a response, activists protested in front of the bank on the 15th Feb and over 1650 people have emailed them to demand that they do not fund climate chaos and repression.
Project of Common Interests (PCI)
The European Parliament is currently debating whether it will reject the PCI list, a list of over 90 gas projects that receive political and financial support. The last weeks have seen a wave of criticism against gas in the corridors of the EU.
While the energy committee did not support an objection to the list, a coalition of 38 Members of Parliament can still present an objection. If so, all the Members of Parliament will have the opportunity to vote against the PCI list in March.