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Tangwystel Nov 12, 2014 04:45 PM
I'm an American, and currently, our state of Virginia is scheduled to be bisected by 3 pipelines to carry fracked natural gas. Each pipeline is from 300-500 miles long, and requires the deforestation of a 170 feet wide strip the entire length of the pipeline. It will also require blasting a channel at least 14 feet deep and 14 feet wide through the entire length. These projects are going to create unprecedented destruction through our state. These pipelines are accident prone, and are going through farms and residential neighborhoods. It is clear that these pipelines are going to export terminals to have gas shipped to Europe. Is there any way that the EU will consider boycotting this gas - which is environmentally horrible from the fracked wells it comes from, to the disruption of the pipelines and the terminal stations which are being put in environmentally sensitive areas? The United States is run by the corporations, so there is not much chance that these projects will be stopped locally, but if the purchasers of the gas decide that the environmental costs are too high, maybe the projects will be scrapped. These projects are in the early phases and they could still fail if the market was not there. Would there be a point of rallying people to convince the EU to ban imports of natural gas gotten by fracking? Who would I contact?

My support goes out to the EU for being such strong supporters of renewable energy.
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EEA Nov 13, 2014 12:12 PM
Dear Tangwystel,
As you may know, the EEA produces reports on the state and trends of the environment in Europe. Please be aware that European environmental legislation or bans of non-sustainable products is beyond the Agency’s working remit. The EEA neither sets nor enforces environmental policies.

Regarding your concern I suggest that you contact the European Commission.

The European Commission is divided into 36 Directorate Generals (DGs). DG Environment is the branch of the Commission responsible for European environmental policy and legislation. The homepage of the DG Environment is located at:
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/

DG Trade is the branch that is responsibly for regulations regarding import into the EU. You can find their homepage at:
http://ec.europa.eu/[…]/

You might also obtain assistance by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), as they are a globally acting organisation addressing environmental issues. The UNEP's website is located at:
http://www.unep.org/

Moreover, national non-governmental organisations may be able to support you.

Best regards.
 
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