Arnika Association, IPEN's Regional Hub for Central and Eastern Europe, recently held an international conference, "We have a right to know and to speak," in Prague, Czech Republic. Presentations were given by speakers from Thailand, Iceland, Czech Republic, USA and Serbia, and related to accessing information, pollution monitoring, and how to test products and the environment for hazardous substances.
Friends of the Earth Europe, Earthworks, Stop the Frack Attack, Food & Water Watch and Attac France organized an “International Anti-Fracking Summit – Not Here, Not Anywhere” in Paris on 10 December, 2015.
The gathering brought together more than 130 anti-fracking activists from 40 different countries and 5 continents to discuss news from anti-fracking communities around the world and ways forward in the efforts to mobilize resistance to fracking.
Hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) involves injecting wells at high pressure with water, proppants, radioactive tracers and large quantities of chemical additives (including many that are toxic and some with POPs characteristics) to fracture the formation and produce new cracks and pathways to help extract natural gas.
The term 'fracking' refers to hydraulic fracturing, but is now commonly used to describe the process of exploration and production of unconventional gas. Hydraulic fracturing (HF) is a process that involves injecting wells at high pressure with water, proppants, radioactive tracers and large quantities of chemical additives to fracture the formation and produce new cracks and pathways to help extract natural gas.