TUED Working Paper #1: Global Shale Gas and the Anti-Fracking Movement / En Español

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We are pleased to release TUED’s Working Paper #1 titled Global Shale Gas and the Anti-Fracking Movement: Developing Union Perspectives and Approaches authored by Sean Sweeney and Lara Skinner.  The paper is written for unions around the world who want to know more about hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and its potential impact on health, water, climate change, and employment.  The paper also provides a survey of the movement against fracking, a movement that has grown rapidly in recent years.  Finally, the paper summarizes where unions presently stand on fracking and offers a model resolution, based on the precautionary principle, that draws from existing resolutions adopted by unions in different parts of the world.

TUED has also produced a supplementary paper that summarizes recent studies and statements on methane leakage, health impacts, and industry job claims.

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Table of Contents

 

Overview……………………………………………………………………………………………………………1
Water Contamination
Worker Health and Safety Concerns
The Anti-Fracking Movement
The Global Growth of Shale Gas Hydraulic Fracturing………………………………………..4
The Impact of Shale Gas on Renewable Energy in the U.S.
Multinationals Move In on Gas
Will New Free Trade Agreements Fast Track Fracking?
The Anti-Fracking Movement…………………………………………………………………………….6
Water Contamination and Access
Mystery Chemicals and Health-Related Concerns
Displacement of Indigenous People and Destruction of Culture
Fugitive Methane and Climate Concerns
Anti-Fracking Activism at the Local Level
Regulate or Ban? Movement Divisions
The U.S. Experience with Regulation and Regulatory Processes
The Case of Illinois
U.S. Federal Regulation – and Industry Self-Regulation
From Local Struggles to National Moratoriums
A Global Movement Emerging?
Trade Unions and Fracking…………………………………………………………………………….15
The United States and Canada
Does Fracking Create Jobs?
Global Trade Union Bodies
National Trade Union Centers
Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………19
Appendix: Model Resolution – for Discussion……………………………………………………………….20
References……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………21
This paper was prepared by Sean Sweeney and Lara Skinner.
Published by Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED), in cooperation with the Rosa Luxemburg
Stiftung—New York Office and the Global Labor Institute at Cornell University, June 2014
With support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Cover image: Nicolas Raymond, www.freestock.ca
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