Fracking goes on trial at international tribunal – DRILL OR DROP?

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Fracking goes on trial at international tribunal

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An internationally-recognised tribunal will begin examining evidence today on whether fracking breaches human rights.

The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, established after the Vietnam War Crime Tribunals, is holding hearings on the question throughout this week.

For the first time, the tribunal hearings are entirely online.

An international panel of 10 will examine scientific reports and expert testimony along with evidence from people who believe their human rights are threatened by fracking.

The organisers said the investigation would focus mainly on the responsibilities of states to protect human rights. But they said fossil fuel corporations may be implicated in witness testimony.

The evidence is expected to cover impacts on human health, climate, ecology, as well as social costs and the ability of people to participate in decision-making.

After this week’s hearings, the judges will give an advisory legal opinion on key issues including:

  • Under what circumstances do fracking and other unconventional oil and gas processes breach human rights protected by international law?
  • Under what circumstances do these techniques warrant a judgement requiring further action, damages or some form of compensation for causing environmental harm?
  • To what extent are states responsible for violations of human rights and environmental damage caused by these techniques?

Organisations from the US, Australia and Europe are scheduled to make submissions to the tribunal.

The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT), based in Rome, considers cases where evidence suggests there has been a breach of the basic rights of citizens. It acts independently of nation states and government.

One of the Tribunal’s early cases involved the leak of toxic gas from the Union Carbide plant at Bhopal in 1984. More recent sessions have examined the massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka, agrochemical transnational corporations and the activities of the Canadian mining industry in Latin America.

PPTs have no power to compel people to attend hearings, give evidence or to enforce a judgement. But the Bhopal tribunal led to the adoption of the Charter on Industrial Hazards and Human Rights.

The sessions of the PPT on fracking begin at 5pm British Summer Time or 9am Pacific Time. Proceedings can be watched online within 30 minutes of the end of the sessions on the Spring Creek Project Facebook Page or You Tube channel.

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19 replies »

  1. TWsays:

    Great stuff. Let the evidence and facts put this saga to bed for either sides. Too many fake news and scaremongering and twisted truths are going around that just not helpful to the public.

  2. Dr Davesays:

    God forbid that a ‘Green Point of view’, that conforms to the Paris COP21 agreement and the UK’s own Climate Change Act 2008, should influence anything. You pro-oil & gas fossil investors endorse the inttellect and perspective of Donald Trump with your every word… but don’t let that stop you… selfish short term financial gains is about the extent of your imagination. Fortunately you’re a dying breed.

  3. Cindy Rosengartensays:

    And here I am anti-fracker, on one hand glad that greedy energy firms will be in the spotlight for forcing horizontal well drilling and chemical injection on neighborhoods and drinking water.

    On the other hand, adamantly opposed to the human rights court sitting above all courts in the world so that anything can be a human rights violation if it suits the leftist Marxist liberal one world Islamic led people are sheeple agenda.

    It seems to me that nations like England are at fault for selling energy exploration licenses to begin with and the ENERGY department and individual mps should be held PERSONALLY LIABLE for the destruction weighed upon the masses by non traditional drilling.

    • TWsays:

      Hear hear Cindy. Totally agree.

    • PhilipPsays:

      What an incredibly loaded and prejudiced phrase Cindy: “Marxist liberal one world Islamic led people are sheeple agenda.” Where on earth do you get that from? What does it even mean? Not one of those judges is from a marxist/islamic country. You have one sheepie follower though (TW)

  4. Martin Collyersays:

    Two thirds looks quite healthy to me Dr.Dave. But perhaps you practice alternative medicine, where some works and a lot doesn’t?

    • Sherwulfesays:

      Ah but 85% is much better 🙂 Perhaps Martin, you don’t practice medicine at all….

  5. Martin Collyersays:

    No, I don’t practice medicine but I still have my f(r)aculties, which tell me many will use aloe (maybe not 85%), (you could substitute Colloidal Silver etc. etc.) but will still not exclude the visit to the GP (maybe more than two thirds) simply because they use aloe, etc. etc. But, there are those odd zealots who would like to ban the visit to the GP and force everyone to rely upon aloe etc. etc. Fortunately, they are a minority, that the majority smiles about-with or without an Emoji-and probably free of a nasty rash!

    • Sherwulfesays:

      nope; most people make informed choices and that’s the beauty of our society, for now, we still are able to make those choices.

      • Sherwulfesays:

        Don’t attack the emoji, what has he ever done to harm you? Shame on you

  6. Phil Csays:

    This is Max Igan, telling you everything is awesome!

    Lie back folks! Your government has thought it all out? You dont need to protest about anything? Because protesting only makes you unhappy? And you know how happy they want to make you?

    Frackers are your friends?

    The frackers want you to be happy too?

    Watch this video and find out how much your government REALLY cares for you! Honestly! Dont laugh! Dont cry! In fact, don’t actually do anything!

    Enjoy! Enjoy! Be happy! Go to sleep!

  7. Martin Collyersays:

    Like your post of 5.48pm Sherwulfe. Indeed people do make informed choices-two thirds of them are not against fracking. Blame the information-again?

    85% like the use of alternative energy sources. The result? An energy mix.

    (See hydrogen trains will replace diesels shortly. Suspect we will still see diesel being used on farms though.)

    • Phil Csays:

      Diesels can run on cooking oil, and most farm vehicles do providing they are not used on the roads, that is why diesel is stained red so it can be distinguished between cooking oil and the “approved” fossil fuel industrially manufactured diesel?

      Farmers are ideally placed to use cooking oil, in fact since the diesel debacle, cooking oil should be used to run all diesel engines? Emissions from cooking oil? The smell of cooked chips? Wow! That will no doubt be banned (oops! turn round three times and throw salt lake city salt over your shoulder!)

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