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Gastivists Newsletter 

Hello Gasfighters,
 
The Gastivists Collective brings you your monthly newsletter with policy updates and the latest news from grassroots resistance.
Read below to discover the plans for the year ahead, major updates and clever videos!

*** You can also read the newsletter in French  & Spanish. Share widely ***

2018 international plans

If you’re wondering what is being planned internationally to resist gas in 2018, search no more. Here is what you need to know:

APRIL 23-24 : 
Phd students are invited to a research seminar in Berlin titled "Beyond Coal, Gas and Oil - Designing a Socially Just and Economically Viable Phase-Out”​. Apply by 15th March.
 
APRIL end / start MAY : We’re launching a
speakers and training tour across Europe (4-6 stops) on gas. This will be a moment to build the capacity and skills of groups resisting the gas industry + unpack difficult questions around gas, such as:
  • How does a coal phase-out affect gas?
  • How does gas extraction impact people in your region and in supply countries?
  • What kind of energy system do we want?
 
MAY 28 - 03 JUNE : Frack Free Lancashire is hosting three months of “United Resistance” to stop the fracking industry. They’ve organised an international week at the end of May for international groups to join them in their struggle and learn from one another.
 
AUGUST 24-31 : Code Rood is inviting every single one of us to attend a
summer camp in Groningen, one of the largest gas fields in the world, and stand in solidarity with the local community impacted by gas extraction.
 
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER : Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung will host the traditional
annual gas conference, bringing grassroots groups and NGOs together to better fight gas; (see picture above of 2017 conference). 
 
OCTOBER 13 : 
Decentralised day of action on gas. The title says it all - a call out for actions around the world against gas with a common visual identity, demand and communications. This is part of the wider Reclaim Power call to action.

Any events planned at a national level? Email us (noelie@gastivists.org)! We are building a calendar of national and international gas-related events for 2018.

UPDATES 

Sweden
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).
 
Ireland
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 (nothere.notanywhere@gmail.com)
 
Netherlands
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.  
 
Spain
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.
 
United Kingdom
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.

Croatia
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.
 

VIDEOS
 
We thought we would mix things up a bit and send you some videos this month!

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