Sweden

Political situation

  • Conservative government since 2006, next elections in 2014
  • No governmental positioning on shale gas
  • Full reliance on environmental law
  • Overview of the national mineral law, proposal ready end of October 2012
  • Continuous input through motions from opposition parties to the parliament, so far without positive result

Shale Gas activities

  • So far only exploration activities
  • Shell in Skania, exit 2011
  • Gripen Gas on Öland and in Östergötland
  • Energigas in Östergötland
  • Continental Precious Minerals in Östergötland
  • Thetys Oil and Shale Oil Sweden on Gotland

Mobilisation

  • Swedes are very difficult to mobilize!
  • Local action groups only in Skania and on Öland (Heaven or sHell and AMFÖ)
  • Support from environmental groups (Greenpeace, Society for Nature Conservation, WWF…) and Swedish farmer organization
  • Political support from the Greens, and partly from socialist and social democrats
  • Strong opposition from climate change deniers
  • But: some very strong single players with excellent political contacts
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