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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on the risk of earthquakes associated with shale gas extraction

Mireille D’Ornano

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the risk of earthquakes associated with shale gas extraction  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Articles 4, 11, 191 and 194 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas in January 2016, Total was re-granted an exploration permit for shale gas reserves in France’s Drôme and Ardèche regions;

B.  whereas in September 2016, the Swiss company Pétrosvibri conducted shale gas extraction tests in the Lake Geneva region, angering the Swiss and the Savoyards;

C.  whereas in March and May 2016, the American Geological Institute expressed concern about the high risk of earthquakes associated with underground hydraulic fracturing and the backfilling of cracks with waste water;

D.  whereas in 2015 alone, more than 900 earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 4 were registered in the USA following such extractions;

E.  whereas in its statements on shale gas, the Commission has often mentioned the health and environmental risks associated with pollution and global warming, particularly those associated with methane emissions;

1.  Urges the Commission to acknowledge the risk of earthquakes associated with shale gas extraction by publishing a scientific study on the scale of the phenomenon;

2.  Urges the Commission to revise its energy security strategy, which advocates importing shale gas from the USA.

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