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In 2024, let's drill eight new oil wells in France!

This weekend in France, thousands, including the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, were demonstrating against a pretty unhinged project: the drilling of eight new oil wells in the forest of La Teste-de-Buch, located around the Bassin d'Arcachon and one hour from Bordeaux. The project has sparked controversy. And despite being at odds with the 2017 law aimed at halting hydrocarbon exploitation in France by 2040, it received approval after a public inquiry.
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The 2017 Hulot law had outlined the cessation of oil and gas production in France by 2040, a target that seems increasingly distant as at least eighteen hydrocarbon concession projects have progressed since its enactment. The authorisation for drilling in Gironde now joins this list. The project, carried out by the Canadian company Vermilion, aims to access new hydrocarbon reserves situated between 2,000 and 3,000 meters deep, with the hope of offsetting the natural annual decline of 15% in already exploited deposits.
Despite claims made by Vermilion about minimal environmental impact due to directional drilling techniques, critiques argue that these are still industrial installations with inherent risks. The forest area surrounding the wells is classified under Natura 2000, highlighting the ecological significance of the region
Moreover, the decision runs counter to global efforts to mitigate climate change. With the world's attention focused on transitioning away from fossil fuels, the authorisation of new oil wells in France sends a contradictory message.
The response from government officials has been mixed. Christophe Béchu, Minister of Ecological Transition, argues for the necessity of oil extraction while acknowledging its potential environmental impacts. 🤡 and the Minister of Energy Roland Lescure has also recently expressed a positive opinion on it.
What are these politicians thinking? Can they ONE time see further away than their noses? And think long-term?








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  • Esther Wanjiku

    6 w

    Macron attends climate summits across the globe and talks really big about mitigating climate change then goes ahead to pull such.

    • Joan Keating

      7 w

      this looks as if you are confirming that you want the oil drilling to happen if you agree.

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      • Tabitha Kimani

        7 w

        Nations should be consistent in addressing climate and not take positive and negative actions.

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        • Ingmar Rentzhog

          8 w

          It is hard to be surprised by our leaders those days.

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          • George Kariuki

            9 w

            I stand in solidarity with the thousands, including Greta Thunberg, who are peacefully protesting against this destructive project and call for a reevaluation of priorities towards a sustainable and environmentally responsible future.

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            • winnie nguru

              9 w

              This is selfishness at its best!

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              • johnte ndeto

                9 w

                This is so insensitive and reckless decision to have more oil wells

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                • walter lungayi

                  9 w

                  This is so heartbreaking, especially considering the global push for sustainability and renewable energy. It's important for environmental activists to continue raising awareness and advocating for more responsible energy practices.

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                  • Joseph Githinji

                    9 w

                    @walter_lungayi The authorities must take heed of their call and take actions to protect our environment.

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                  • Felix mokaya

                    9 w

                    Action should be taken immediately .We will not allow a step backward when it comes to the environment .We cannot be having politicians who instead of discouraging fossil fuel which is a threat to our community ,instead they are promoting it .They should be voted out

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                    • Jane Wangui

                      9 w

                      @felix_mokaya When choosing a candidate, their climate stand should be considered.Citizens should make a sound choice.

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                      • winnie nguru

                        9 w

                        @felix_mokaya we all need to stand firm and protest against this heinous act!

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                      • zelda ninga

                        9 w

                        Politicians are only thinking about their pockets other than the people who they need to protect.

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                        • Joseph Githinji

                          9 w

                          @zelda_ninga_442 so absurd, leaders must learn to take responsibility in taking care of nature.

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                          • winnie nguru

                            9 w

                            @zelda_ninga_442 sure. all they care about is profits

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                          • Elizabeth Gathigia

                            9 w

                            This is so disappointing, we are here fighting the phase out of the fossil fuel, and French government is pulling our efforts down, this is unacceptable!!

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                            • Joseph Githinji

                              9 w

                              @elizbeth_gathigia French government must reconsider this, we need all in the fight against climate change effects, together we can.

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                              • winnie nguru

                                9 w

                                @elizbeth_gathigia Very discouraging

                              • Joseph Githinji

                                9 w

                                President Macron must give a listening ear to climate defenders and stop this from going forward to protect the wellbeing of our planet. Oil and gas should be left on the ground.

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                                • winnie nguru

                                  9 w

                                  @joseph_githinji Sadly he only thinks of himself

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                                • Rashid Kamau

                                  9 w

                                  This should be discouraged for it's bad for the environment.

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