Magazine article New Internationalist

Global Frack-Down

Magazine article New Internationalist

Global Frack-Down

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The anti-fracking struggle in Europe will heat up this summer with an international camp in Spain's Basque Country (Euskal Herria).

Local anti-fracking group Fracking Ez launched in 2011 to fight plans to extract an estimated 180 billion cubic metres of gas from shale formations across the green valleys of this intensely independent region. Resistance grew quickly, with 13,000 people from across Euskal Herria rallying in Gasteiz in October 2012. Now they are calling on anti-frackers everywhere to come to a 'Frackanpada'.

Mikel Otero, a firefighter from Gasteiz, believes the Frackanpada camp will help stop plans for commercialscale fracking to begin in early 2016. 'We are going to show the fracking industry that we are connected, we are powerful, and if they come here they will not have an easy time of it. We will not let them frack here or anywhere.'

Eleanor Finley, from the international collective organizing the Frackanpada, has seen the impacts of fracking first hand, as a US resident. …

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