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Gastivists Newsletter 

Hello Gas-fighters,
 
We hope you’ve had a beautiful August and are excited to see what the end of 2018 has to offer. Find out below exciting plans, resources and resistance.
 
Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like more support for your local group or information on how to join the gas movement! hello@gastivists.org


Frack Free Four

In the UK, four anti-fracking protesters have been sentenced to prison for resisting the shale gas supply chain at Preston New Road. 
They are the first people to be jailed in the UK for taking action against fracking, and the first in the UK to be imprisoned for environmental direct action in over 80 years.

While the entire movement and community is in shock, there is no doubt they will keep fighting. “This won’t break us, we will come out stronger.” - Roscoe, one of the protestors.

Find out more about their story and how to support


Gasdown Frackdown

Around October 13, we are calling for a global day of action against gas!
 
From Indonesia to Australia, we will show our governments and the fossil fuel industry that our communities and our atmosphere cannot handle another generation of fossil fuel addiction. Let’s show the world that we are a diverse, creative, and determined global movement against fossil fuel extraction.
 
Join us!
  • Organise an action (a solidarity picture, an event to raise awareness about gas, a creative banner drop .... it doesn't have to be big or fancy!)
  • Use the #GasdownFrackdown
  • If you are part of an organisation, sign up as a partner. 
Send your logo and any questions to gasdown-frackdown@gastivists.org 
 
Find all the details on our website 


CODE ROOD


This August, hundreds of activists and local people took action against gas extraction and its devastating consequences in Groningen (Netherlands), the largest gas field in Europe. 
 
Activists from all over Europe blockaded a gas facility and successfully stopped the gas production chain for two days and two nights.
 
The local people from Groningen supported the action left right and center : joining the camp, participating in the blockade, organising a legal support demonstration and sharing their stories during each plenary!
 
Shell and Exxon Mobile (under the umbrella NAM) have been fiercely extracting gas in the region for decades. Thousands of earthquakes due to the extraction have made over 100’000 homes unsafe and left people dealing with severe mental health issues.  
 
HIGHLIGHT -  the resistance in Tunisia against gas corporations.

The social movements that have taken place in relation to the oil and gas sector are struggling for access to employment. They are mainly made up of young people whose main concern is the job seeking. They are often unaware of the problems associated with the extraction of conventional or non-conventional hydrocarbons.” Mohsen Kalboussi. 
 
Read Mohsen's full article in English and French

UPDATES 
 

Free the Soil 
An exciting campaign against the gas fertilizer industry is now live! Grassroots groups will be coming together in 2019 to organise an agriculture and climate camp, as well as a mass action against gas fertilizers. Why fertilisers? It’s a strategic target between the industrial agriculture and climate crisis. Still not convinced? Find out more on their
website.

Mexico
The incumbent Mexican president Obrador has passed a fracking ban yet the massive TuxpanTula Gas Pipeline to bring fracked gas from Texas into Central America is still underway. In Puebla and Hidalgo, the pipeline is meeting fierce resistance as it neither consulted nor has the permission of the local indigenous villages which regard these mountains as sacred.
The companies building the pipeline, Bonatti and TransCanada (infamous for its KeystoneXL Pipeline) are putting more and more pressure to enter the villages, with the roads are already being widened so that construction machinery can make its way. It seems that the construction of the pipeline is imminent, yet the resistance refuse any negotiation or passage of construction machinery until the legal procedures against the pipeline have come to an end. Lately, the tension has been intensifying day by day.

Mozambique
The development of an LNG terminal in Mozambique “is leaving entire communities landless, with no livelihood, and insufficient resettlement and compensation, if any”.  Find out how the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa is considering using public money to fund the project.
 
Virtual conference 
People from around the world came together for a virtual conference on the 20-21st September to discuss … well gas of course! Together, we discovered how renewable gas is a dangerous distraction, we debated the alternatives to gas and how to demand a gas phase-out, and we discovered the campaigns to stop the public flow of EU money to gas projects. Get in touch for the recording hello@gastivists.org 

READ & WATCH


>>> Interested in doing more work with trade unions? I think I just heard everyone say YES! Check out Trade Unions for Energy Democracy of the for useful resources on framing just transition


>>> Fighting gas extraction isn’t easy. But fighting gas extraction when the gas field is being disputed between Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Cyprus is even more complex. France 24 made a mini documentary to help us better understand the situation of gas in the Middle East.


>>> In a worrying case of ISDS, Egypt gas been condemned to pay €1,735 million to Naturgy and ENI for a gas plant. Egypt’s offense?  the lack of supply to the liquefaction facility.


>>> "We need to start implementing energy interventions today in key points of the system with the aims of keeping fossil fuels in the ground, deploying renewable energy, and changing our political economy" Read more on The Next System Project and their research.  






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