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fracking

38 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to BISD SCHOOL BOARD, Balmorhea Mayor John Davis, Balmorhea City Council

Money isn't everything. Protect our community,our water, our future and our children!

  Update:Apache is still in the area and there are some groups working on continuing to fight for protection of our water and community. If you would like information on how to help or to be able to learn of new developments you can view these groups on facebook: Search Camp Toyahvale on fb As well as Save Our Spring Too I am working on starting somethings of my own to continue my part of this please stay tuned to this cause. I know that having the support of so many people has helped in keeping this oil company on their toes. Pass it on...this isn't over!    UPDATE: It has been a while since I have updated this petition. The battle continues as Apache Oil Corp. and other oil industry companies have continued  moving into the area. I urge all of you to contact the Parks and Wildlife Commission and voice your concern over this issue and demand that action be taken to protect our springs and Park. This state park is a part of history as anyone who looks up information about San Solomon Springs can tell you. It is also host to endangered species and home to those who live in the community of Balmorhea/Toyahvale. We need all the support and noise you can make to let them know we are serious about protecting our resource and beautiful park! Water is life! Our life is this community and we open our arms to you and welcome you to our little gem in the world and we welcome your support! The gofundmepage for the water testing has been removed. Thanks to those who helped.    Thank YOU for your support! Please Visit the site above for more information!   Balmorhea is being approached with mineral rights leases by Apache Corporation. They are offering royalties in exchange for the lease of local land. Not only do they want access to what is underneath Balmorhea, they also want to use water for fracking purposes. The water district and several landowners have already entered into leases with Apache and we are already seeing several rigs in the area.  There is a genuine concern for the spring water which is what feeds the Balmorhea Lake and State Park. Any damages to the spring or aquifer could result in some very negative consequences for Balmorhea.  There is concern for the endangered species which thrives in the local waters. Our concern is that there could be the potential for damage to the water due to all the fracking chemicals and horizontal drilling. Balmorhea is known as the Oasis of West Texas because of the plentiful resource flowing from the San Solomon Springs. It would be a tragedy to have that ruined by an industry which at this point has more questions than answers. Aside from the potential damage to the water there are other hazards which could affect this area. It is has been argued that along with hydraulic fracking comes air quality concerns and many other issues which could impact the citizens of Balmorhea and the surrounding area. Balmorhea thrives on tourism and this in turn causes potential health hazards for those who come to visit. Right now, we are asking for your support to show our local entities that inviting this kind of activity into our community is not something we support due to the potential dangers. In simple language, the costs and risk exceeds the benefit by far. Help us Say NO  to fracking in Balmorhea and the immediate area by signing this petition to show our local entities where we stand and to ask them to say "No" to entering into a lease with Apache or any other oil company. Many people are under the belief that Apache will take the oil anyway and there is nothing we can do. Whether this is true or not we cannot just stand by and do nothing. If we lose, we lose fighting.

Maria Garza
6,270 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to MEP's

We Demand that the EU Parliament Investigates all the fossil fuel awacontracts in Portugal

Why do we Demand that the EC Conducts an Investigation into the Contracts Awarded by the Portuguese Government to Repsol and Partex for the Lagosta and Lagostim Concessions Late in July 2015 the Portuguese government published for the first time the concession contracts awarded for the exploration of offshore oil and gas in the Algarve Basin to the consortium Repsol/ Partex. ASMAA’s had the contracts analyzed by legal experts.  After extensive discussions with the various legal advisers, we are of the opinion that there are grounds to request an investigation. This investigation is aimed at ascertaining and verifying if the contracts as they currently stand were not drafted as they are, with the intent to circumvent European laws and guidelines. As a result, we will be submitting a written request to the Directorate of Energy in the European Union to investigate the contracts for any breaches. In addition the Portuguese government is at fault by failing to transpose on 19 July 2015 into Portuguese law the European Directive for Offshore Oil & Gas Safety Directive (Directive 2013/30/EU. THIS HAS NOW BEEN DONE ON 9 MARCH 2016 - 9 MONTHS LATER. If you support our application to the European Commission for Energy, we request that you sign the petition and add your voice to our submission. The ASMAA Team Links: Copies of the contracts are on the official Portuguese government department website responsible http://enmc.pt. Copies of Contracts on ASMAA website: Lagostim Contract: http://tinyurl.com/ouzx9vy Lagosta Contract: http://tinyurl.com/qzjs8om More info on our site: http://asmaa-algarve.org ********************************************************************************** Porquê exigimos que CE faça uma investigação aos contractos entre o Governo Português e a Repsol e Partex das concessões Lagosta e Logostim ? No final de Julho 2015 o Governo Português publicou pela primeira vez os contractos de concessão para as explorações de petroleo e gáz Offshore na bacia do Algarve ao concorcio Repsol / Partex A ASMAA encomendou uma analize dos referidos contractos a especialistas juridicos. Depois de extensivas discussões com os advogados, somos da opinião que há base para requerer uma investigação. Esta investigação visa verificar se os contractos, como se apresentam, não foram redigidos com a intenção de contornar leis e directivas europeias. Neste contexto, iremos submeter um requerimento ao Comissariado da Energia das Comunidades Europeias solicitando a investigação destes contractos. Se concorda com este requerimento à Comissão Europeia, pedimos que assinem a petição juntando a sua voz à nossa. ObrigadaA Equipa da ASMAA Links: Copias dos contractos na pagina official do governo portugues: http://enmc.pt Copias dos contractos no site da ASMAA: Lagostim Contracto: http://tinyurl.com/ouzx9vy Lagosta Contracto: http://tinyurl.com/qzjs8om Mais informacao no nosso site: http://asmaa-algarve.org    

ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
1,395 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Representantes do governo nacional, regional, e camaras municipais.

O Algarve Diz NAO ao Fracking / Algarve Says NO to Fracking

Caros amigos do Algarve O Algarve é conhecido pela sua grande beleza, beleza esta que está agora em risco de ser destruída. O Algarve é sem duvida uma zona pobre de água, e é uma região ecologicamente sensível que está agora sob ameaça de ser devastada por operações de mineração para extrair gás natural através de uma técnica controversa chamado de fraturamento hidráulico ou "fracking" ou através de outras tecnologias não convencionais. Durante o processo de fracking, milhões de litros de água, areia e diversos produtos químicos - a maioria dos quais são tóxicos, carcinogic bem como teratogénico (que incluem benzeno, tolueno, etilbenzeno, xileno, etileno glicol (anti-congelante), o combustível diesel, naftaleno (bola para a traça) compostos , ácido bórico, arsénico, hidrocarbonetos orgânicos poli nucleares, apenas para citar alguns dos 600 e tantos produtos químicos utilizados) - são bombeados nos furos com água a alta pressão para liberar o gás natural (chamado gás de xisto) preso em camadas de rocha no subsolo. Nos EUA, onde fracking tem sido amplamente utilizado, tem havido centenas de casos documentados deste processo, que resultou em: poluição catastrófica da água potável; poluição do ar; aumento da actividade sísmica, resultando em terremotos; impactos gerais na saúde de seres humanos e animais; e uma grande degradação ambiental. Agora, a Portfuel (que anda aparentemente à procura de parceiros internacionais e locais) está a preparar-se para explorar dezenas de milhares de quilómetros quadrados de terra no Algarve para exploração de gás natural atravez de tecnologias de fracking. Em toda a região do Algarve já temos regularmente uma ameaça de falta de água e não se justifica por em risco as nossas fontes de agua potável devido aos riscos dessa agua ser desperdiçada ou contaminada pelo processo de fracking que, uma vez em plena produção, vai envolver dezenas de milhares de furos, e milhões de litros de água por cada furo. Neste momento há já uma onda crescente de oposição ao uso de fracking no Algarve, liderado por muitas empresas, agricultores, organizações ambientalistas e de direitos humanos, investidores, turistas, estrangeiros residentes e cidadãos comuns. Se está preocupado com os impactos que este género de exploração de gás natural no nosso país vai trazer para a sua região, por favor junte a sua voz a nossa adicionando o seu nome na petição. Texto da petição Nós, os abaixo-assinados: Chamamos ao governo nacional, provincial e municipal para instituir um moratório sobre toda a exploração em terra, e toda a exploração de gás natural em Portugal, especialmente qualquer operação que envolva o processo de fraturamento hidráulico, pelo menos até avaliações abrangentes e independentes terem sido feitas. Avaliacoes que venham a garantir que tais actividades de prospecção e exploração não vai ter efeitos ambientais negativos, ou prejudiciais à saúde. E preciso parar com toda esta actividade até medidas independentes e eficientes estiverem criadas com capacidade de monitor-ar toda a exploração de gás de xisto e exploração em Portugal. Chamamos a Portfuel e a outras empresas internacionais, bem como empresas portugueses para que se abstenham de colocar em risco a integridade ambiental do Algarve e a saúde de todos os seus habitantes que já sabemos que e originada pela prática de exploração de gás de xisto e extracção usando fraturamento hidráulico e outras tecnologias de extracção não-convencionais. Saiba mais sobre o que e o fracking aqui: muitas informações sobre fracking neste link: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/frack-off-campaign  apresentações em Power Point aqui neste link que pode consultar: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/presentations pode ver uma seleção de vídeos de todo o mundo, incluindo Gasland I e II e Unhearthed: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/videos pode avaliar se a sua propriade está dentro das áreas de concessão, verificando-o no Mapa interativo do Google que encontra na página inicial do nosso site: http://asmaa-algarve.org ************************************************************************ Dear friends of the Algarve Large parts of Algarve’s beautiful, but water-poor and ecologically sensitive regions are under threat of being devastated by mining operations to extract natural gas using a controversial technique called hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' or other unconventional technologies. During fracking millions of liters of water, sand and numerous chemicals most of which are toxic, carcinogenic as well as teratogenic (they include benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, xylene, ethylene glycol (antifreeze), diesel fuel, naphthalene (moth ball) compounds, boric acid, arsenic, poly nuclear organic hydrocarbons, only to name a few of 600-odd chemicals used), are pumped into boreholes at high pressure to release natural gas (called shale gas) trapped in layers of underground rock. In the USA, where fracking has been used extensively, there have been hundreds of documented cases of this process resulting in: catastrophic drinking water pollution; air pollution; increased seismic activity resulting in earthquakes; health concerns for humans and animals; and general environmental degradation. Right now, Portfuel (which is apparently looking for international and local partners) is preparing to explore hundreds of square kilometers of land in the Algarve for natural gas exploration by fracking. Most of the area under threat is already extremely water-stressed and cannot afford any water to be either wasted or contaminated by the fracking process which, once in full production, may involve hundreds of boreholes and millions of liters of water per borehole. There is a growing groundswell of opposition to the use of fracking in the Algarve lead by a broad coalition of local businesses, farmers, environmental organizations, tourists, investors, as well as ordinary citizens and expat residents. If you are concerned about the likely environmental and health impacts of natural gas exploitation in our country, please join us in adding your name to the following petition. The Petition Letter We, the undersigned: Call on national, provincial and municipal government to institute a moratorium on all on-shore exploration and exploitation of natural gas in Portugal, especially any operations involving hydraulic fracturing, at least until comprehensive, independent, scientific assessments can guarantee that such exploration and exploitation activities will not lead to detrimental environmental or health effects and until independent and efficient measures are in place to monitor all shale gas exploration and exploitation. Call on Portfuel and other international as well as Portuguese companies to refrain from endangering the environmental integrity of the Algarve and the health of its inhabitants by engaging in shale gas exploration and extraction using hydraulic fracturing and other non-conventional extraction technologies.   Find out more about fracking here: lots of info on this link: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/frack-off-campaign see the presentations: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/presentations see a selection of videos from all over the world including Gasland I and II and Unhearthed: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/videos see if you fall within the allocated concession areas by checking the interactive Google Map on our site's home page: http://asmaa-algarve.org  

ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
3,693 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to European Parliament

SAVE THE ALGARVE FROM OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION - SALVAR O ALGARVE DA EXPLORACAO DE GAS E PETROLEO

ASMAA DEMANDS THE RESIGNATION OF MINISTER OF THE SEA http://algarvedailynews.com/news/11274-minister-of-the-sea-lied-to-parliament ASMAA EXIGE A DEMISSÃO DA MINISTRA DO MAR http://www.asmaa-algarve.org/en/news/press-room/a-asmaa-exige-a-demissao-da-ministra-do-mar ********************************************************************** FOR UPDATES VISIT OUR SITE OR JOIN US ON FACEBOOKMAIS INFORMAÇÃO NO NOSSO SITE OU NA NOSSA PÁGINA DO FB FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/asmaaalgarve/ URL site: http://asmaa-algarve.org ************************************************************************ ONE PETITION IS ALREADY IN THE PORTUGUESE PARLIAMENT - against the first well being drilled in the Alentejo Basin by Galp/ENI in the offshore of Aljezur (Algarve) - video of first audience (meeting in Portuguese parliament is in Portuguese) ... but actions in past few months clearly ilustrate that we have to take this matter to Brussels to the EU. This is ONLY one of 9 concessions in the Algarve and one in 15 in Portugal. A luta continua! Not ONE Well! Not NOW ... Not IN the Future! The ASMAA Team *************************************************************************** UMA PETIÇÃO ESTÁ JÁ NESTE MOMENTO A SER AVALIADA NO PARLAMENTO PORTUGUÊS. Pode ouvir no video o que se passou. Mas a petição em audiência na Assembleia da República neste momento contra o primeiro furo (Galp/ENI) é só contra um dos 9 contractos neste momento activos no Algarve e um dos quinze em Portugal. Com o que se tem passado, não temos duvidas de que estamos a caminhar para chegar a Brusselas e a caminho do parlamento Europeu. A luta continua! Nem UM Furo! Nem AGORA ... Nem NO Futuro! A equipa da ASMAA

ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
21,165 supporters