Gastivists Newsletter - Happy 2018

While some of us are still planning the year ahead, others have already been impressively busy. Read below updates from Groningen, MidCat, Lebanon and many more & find out how to object the PCI list (Project of Common Interest).

Read the updates in French here / Lisez les dernières nouvelles sur le gaz en Français ici

We’re looking for a team of translators to make our newsletter accessible in other languages. If you’d be happy to help spread the gas news, drop us a line (

> Read the updates in French here
> Lisez les dernières nouvelles en français ici <

(Netherlands) The people of Groningen were hit by the largest earthquake in five years due to gas extraction. The 150.000 people living over the Groningen gas field, one of the biggest gas fields in the world, have already suffered over 1000 earthquakes. Local people took the streets last Friday with torches to demand a total shut down of the gas field (see picture).
summer camp and mass action against gas will be held in Groningen 24th-31st August. Make sure you keep some of your summer holidays to attend!
(UK) The
Drax power station in the UK  is thinking of converting its remaining coal units to gas in a last act of desperation. The "gas is cleaner than coal" narrative is having serious consequences. Biofuelwatch will be campaign against the conversion.
(EU) To Fund? Or not to fund?
The EIB has still not taken a decision on whether to provide a 2 billion EUR loan for the
TAP pipeline. We all held our breath at their last board meeting (12th Dec) and participated in solidarity actions in Sweden, Portugal, France and Barcelona, but no final decision was taken. We’re expecting a decision on the TAP loan at the next EIB meeting on the 6th of February. Keep your eyes open and your fingers ready to tweet.
(EU) The latest CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) funding has been announced, awarding 192 million EUR (public subsidies) to gas projects. The lucky winners come as no surprise: MidCat, Baltic pipeline to link Poland and Norway, Southern Gas Corridor, EastMed to link Israel to Europe, etc.

(Catalonia/France) “While the companies are dividing up the MidCat pipeline into sections to get approval - the resistance movements are coming together to fight it." On Jan 22nd, members of French and Catalan groups met in Perpignan for a strategic meeting and 
collective action during the closing of TIGF's "public consultation" about the pipeline route in southern France. Having public participation organised by the same company that wishes to build the pipeline is just one of the questions local activists are raising about this unnecessary project. 
In Girona, the city government 
voted against the construction of the MidCat pipeline.
(Lebanon) TOTAL, Eni and Novtek have gathered in a consortium to bid for two gas blocks off the shore of Lebanon. The contracts with the government are expected to be finalised at the end of the month with drilling potentially starting in 2019. 
Civil society is keeping a sharp eye on the process, worried about corruption and the extreme lack of transparency behind the legislation. 
(France) You must have heard the news: fossil fuel exploration and extraction will be frozen by 2040 in France. So, is Macron a climate leader? not so fast. The law is crippled with exemptions and exceptions (coal bed methane can still be exploited, some regions are exempt and companies can avoid pretty much anything if they already have exploration permits or might lose their initial investment). 

(Germany) NABU has launched an online
petition to ask german politicians to stop Nord Stream II - share widely!

Objecting the “PCI” list

The Project of Common Interest (PCI) list was revealed by the European Commission in December 2017 with a staggering 90+ gas projects. By being on the list, these projects receive strong political support and are eligible for public financial resources.

The EU Parliament has the power to object the list – and this is exactly what Friends of the Earth and Food&Water Europe have tirelessly been pushing for in Brussels.

Activists from Ireland, Italy, Sweden, France and Spain all came to present to Parliamentary representatives (MEPs) and the Commission their concerns about the PCI process and how the projects impact their communities. MEPs also confronted the Commission with crucial arguments.
An official objection against the list has now been filed. 

>>>> What next? <<<<

The Parliament’s energy committee (ITRE) will vote on the objection of the PCI list on 21st of February.
At the risk of sounding lame, this incredibly exciting! Once we get the energy committee to object the PCI list, it will be voted by the entire European Parliament at the end of March. This guarantees heated debates and gas being publicly criticised.  

>>>> How can you help? <<<<

We need to convince as many parliamentarians (MEPs) of the energy committee that they should support the objection! MEPs represent European citizens, so we can write an email or tweet at them to share our views.
Food & Water has designing an
online tool to do this fast and easy. Click away. Come on, do it now, it will only take a second!


Join the Gastivists Collective ?

Every month, the Gastivists host a call with the “Gastivists Collective”. We welcome in the collective everyone who would like to be more engaged in the fight against gas (but that is not already working on gas for an NGO).
We support each other in the gas-related activities we want to start (setting up a webinar, starting a new local group, doing social media, etc.), we come up with new projects and we share updates.
No strings attached, you’re welcome to hop on one call to check it out and never come back. 
Members of the collective are based in Berlin, Vienna, Brussels, London, Uppsala, and many more. Would you want to join our next call? simply email Noëlie (

Reports & Articles


Want to learn more about BP’s fracking plans in Argentina? Observatorio Petrolero Sur and Platform have just released their report in English and Spanish.


We know the Sothern Gas Corridor (mega pipeline linking Azerbaijan to Italy) will have an impact on our climate. But how much exactly? ODG and Bankwatch will be releasing their much-awaited report on the 30th Jan. Keep an eye out.

Press articles

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