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Gastivists Newsletter 

Hello Gas-tivists,

An exciting month to report on with juicy EU leaks and international gas workshops to look forward to.
Find out more below about the resistance against new gas projects, workshops & events to attend and general updates on policy, actions ans reports. Enjoy!
 

Unfortunately, we did not have the capacity to translate the newsletter this month. Apologies to our French and Spanish friends. 
 

Resistance

MidCat leaks
The MidCat pipeline, linking France and Spain, is in trouble... A 2016 study commissioned by the European Commission comparing the costs and benefits of the gas pipeline was just leaked. And the results shine a new, controversial, light on the project: the economical viability of the pipeline is questioned, highlighting the fact that it is a stranded asset and is pushed only for political reasons.
This not only casts doubts on the viability of MidCat pipeline, but on all PCI gas projects.
The press loved it, so you can find out more about it in
English, Spanish and French (and French again).

NoTAP
The resistance against the TAP pipeline, linking Turkey to Italy, is unstoppable! It is now actively engaging with Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo – one of the private banks most likely to fund TAP. They protested in front of the bank and participated in the bank AGM, asking them *not* to fund the pipeline and to respect the Equator Principles. Watch and share widely!

Fracking Colombia
Check out Democracy Center's short
video on the new threat of fracking in Colombia, and the 'consulta popular', a legal tool which has been winning victories against imposed extractive projects but is now under threat.

Mexico
In a historical event, 49 Zoque villages from 9 municipalities in northern Chiapas declared their territory as a
safeguard zone as to prevent the federal government from giving their land to oil and mining companies to extract gas, oil and minerals. (see picture)
Workshops & Events
 
United Beyond Gas tour
From Friday 4 May until Saturday 2 June, a series of events to connect, strengthen and amplify the resistance against gas will take place in Europe.
A detailed route of the "United Beyond Gas" tour will be available in the next days on 
unitedbeyondgas.com. More information to come very soon!
Workshops kick off this week in Cologne (Germany - 4th May) and Ghent (Belgium - 5th May). 

Extractivism
workshop on extractivism, organised by Red Latinoamericana sobre Industrias Extractivas (RLIE) and Publiquen Lo Que Pagan (PWYP), can be followed online (in Spanish) on the 2nd May, 10am EST.
 
Fair transition
Green MEPs organised a conference on building a fair transition, engaging in a dialogue with unions and actors from the regions that could suffer from the transition towards a fossil-free energy system. Even if this conference was mostly focused on coal, problematics raised are similar in the gas sector. 
 
Global Gasdown, Global Frackdown
The Global Gasdown, Global Frackdown Day of Action will take place on Saturday, 13th October 2018 (see picture). Let’s use this day of action to show the diverse, creative, fun and determined global movement against fracking and gas. Share widely the save-the-date in your networks!
This year, the Gastivists will assume the coordination of the day of action but this day belongs to all of us in the anti-gas and anti-fracking movement. So feel free to send us comments, suggestions and thoughts at hello@gastivists.org.
If you are looking for funding for your Gasdown action, this grant  supports local actions with 1000-7000 Euros. Deadline May 6th.

UPDATES 
 

Conflict of Interests at the UNFCCC
The conflicts of interest in the UN climate negotiations have been a massive brake on moving away from dirty and polluting fossil fuels. Are we finally seeing the end of it?
93 civil society organisations have written to the EU’s lead UN climate negotiator, Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, calling on him to support efforts tackling vested interests at the UN climate talks. This was followed by a cross-party group of 88 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) calling for climate leadership from the EU and stressing the need to support efforts in addressing conflicts of interest at the UN talks.

Break the Fracking Cycle!
From finance to extraction to transport to export to electricity generation, the fracked gas industry in South Texas is part of an international fracking cycle that pollutes communities all over the world and highly contributes to global warming.
Actions are being held in the US, Ireland, Germany (see picture) and France to draw attention to global consequences of the fracked gas cycle and to oppose the proposed Rio Grande LNG terminal and Rio Bravo pipeline in Texas. French bank Societe Generale was called upon multiple times to stop their investments.
Follow and share their actions via #BreakTheFrackingCycle

 
 Energy security
The Socialists and Democrats group in the European Parliament released a study showing that building further gas infrastructure is not needed to ensure European energy security and would prevent the EU from respecting its climate objectives.
- GDPR -
 
The most dreaded four letters of 2018, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a new EU regulation that gives more protection on our personal data and how it is being used.
 
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