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Open letter to UN Secretary General on fracking

On the eve of the international day of action to ban fracking on 11 October, over 250 groups from 40 countries including HEAL, signed a letter urging UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon to reject fracking as part of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4AII).

Just two weeks after the largest climate march in history, organisations from around the world have called on the UN for a global ban on fracking.

Mounting scientific evidence shows that fracking is not only inherently unsafe for both public health and ecosystems, but that fracking may actually drive global warming more than conventional fossil fuels due to methane leakage from oil and gas drilling operations and their attendant infrastructure.

Under the guise of achieving energy independence, some countries are moving forward quickly to frack while others, including EU member states Bulgaria, France, and the Netherlands, as well as hundreds of municipalities globally, have instituted bans or moratoria. Given the inherent risks and harms, fracking should have no role in an initiative that endeavours to achieve sustainability.

Although the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative emphasises the need to scale up on renewables, organisations including HEAL are concerned that the terms ‘modern energy’ and ‘sustainable’ have gone undefined, therefore leaving room for broad interpretation that may include natural gas, fracking, and other harmful practices to health and the environment.

The letter is available here

Global Frackdown takes place annually on 11 October, initiated by Food and Water Watch as an international day of action to ban fracking.

Originally posted on 21 October 2014

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