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Despite promises Algeria has abandoned its Moratorium on Fracking Gas which it adopted after the 1915 popular uprising, with thousands of injured and one death, 21 year old Mohamed Anoui. In 2015 the strong united popular resistance forced the State to drop its plans for fear of re-igniting civil war. Now Total and Cepsa are back and due to Start Fracking in April 2018.
The first fracking fields are planned withTotal and Cepsa, in the Tight gas fields of SW Algeria, first in the fields of Ahnet.Timimoun, Touat and Reggane which were already extensively prepared before Total was temporarily expelled during the Anti Fracking Uprising in 2015.
Fracking uses a toxic chemical cocktail and uncontrollable explosive pressure to splinter open rocks and can permanently poison groundwater on which Algerian desert communities are 100% dependent.
‘Natural’ gas is over 90% methane which escapes easily and is dozens of times more lethal than CO2 in the 20 year time frame.
The EU’s ‘dash for gas’ as a ‘green’ substitute is a blatant fraud which ignores the urgent necessity to save us from Climate Meltdown. The new pipelines subsidised by the EU public, NordStream, TAP and Midcat are a dangerous and immoral bid by the greedy corrupt fossil fuel industry to lock us into their product for generations to come.
The Midcat pipeline is especially perverse. It is being promoted to ‘bring African gas to Europe’ when the capacity of the present pipelines from Algeria can’t supply even half of Iberia’s needs. The only use for Midcat will be to pump LNG gas from Barcelona to France (instead of shipping it directly to France). If Midcat is built it will be purely because the EU will pay for it and Spanish politicians will get their cut. Once Midcat is built the argument may shift to ‘we need new pipelines from Algeria to bring in Fracking Gas and make Midcat viable’.
In 2015 the industry, including Halliburton, vowed that their pre.fracking operations in Algeria were ‘squeaky clean’, but activists visited the survey sites and found open overflowing toxic waste lakes and chemicals strewn everywhere. Photos and videos posted on social network sites revealed the absence of facilities to treat water and drilling mud, leading the people of Ain Salah to blow the whistle on Sonatrach’s claims..
Fracked Gas is much much worse, it is at least twice as Bad as Coal for Climate Change, due to inevitable methane leaks. (Indeed some studies have calculated it could be up to 5 times as bad as coal, measurements in the US have never been done despite several million fracking wells being drilled, except in limited cases controlled by the corrupt industry itself. Trump ABOLISHED BY DECREE the voluntary controls which were due to be introduced )
Timimoun, where the fracking will begin, is the ancient center of 200 magical oasis villages set into majestic cliffs. All are 100% dependent on clean aquifer water.
The EU still accepts the fraud of US Frack Gas, under heavy pressure to allow it into Europe, despite being more expensive and twice as climate lethal as its Russian and other competitors. Continue reading Algeria Green-lights climate-lethal Fracking Gas with EU Imperialists TOTAL and CEPSA