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[DRAFT] Repeal "Restrictions on Hydraulic Fracturing"

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[DRAFT] Repeal "Restrictions on Hydraulic Fracturing"

Postby Cretox State » Mon Sep 12, 2022 3:51 pm

Lorica: "What's worse than no environmental resolutions? A bad environmental resolution. Fortunately, this one's largely redundant with two other, better, resolutions and only covers a hyper-specific subject."

"Should the Annoyed clause be taken out?"

Repeal "Restrictions on Hydraulic Fracturing"
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Category: Repeal | Target: GA 417 "Restrictions on Hydraulic Fracturing" | Replacement: None. Target's largely redundant and poorly handles an extremely limited niche.

The World Assembly,

Adamant that strong environmental regulations serve a critical role in protecting the natural habitats of member nations and the health of their peoples,

Praising GA 441 "Convention on Freshwater Shortages" for protecting members' freshwater resources by prohibiting the dumping of hazardous waste into public drinking supplies and assisting members with the effective management of their freshwater resources and recovery from disasters impacting such,

Lauding GA 453 "Preventing Groundwater Contamination" for further protecting members' groundwater resources by mandating that land use be planned such "that agricultural, industrial, and transportation pollutants will not present any measurable threat to the utility and potability of aquifers,"

Recognizing that the above two resolutions render GA 417 "Restrictions on Hydraulic Fracturing" and its protection of people and their water resources against contamination by hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") largely redundant,

Concerned that the target resolution's definition of fracking:
  1. only covers fracturing that uses "pressurized liquids," thereby allowing fracturing operations to sidestep all of the resolution's mandates by using other fracturing mediums such as carbon dioxide or natural gas to access fuel deposits, and
  2. limits itself and therefore the target's restrictions to only the "method of fossil-fuel extraction" itself, despite related issues such as improper well construction, pipe construction, and wastewater management having the potential to present equal or greater risks of contamination to the surrounding environment,
Troubled that the resolution's restrictions on fracking:
  1. simply outright ban fracking in certain situations rather than truly regulate the practice, meaning that fracking operations have no concrete standards to meet to ensure reliably safe fracking,
  2. ban fracking based on the threat, harm, and/or risk posed by the practice itself, despite pollution and related issues being largely caused by deficiencies in individual fracking operations, which the target does not even attempt to properly regulate, as stated above, and
  3. only apply to fracking operations that "are in or within close range of land inhabited by populations of sapient beings," meaning that:
    1. any harmful effects fracking operations may have on natural environments and wildlife not in close proximity to sapient populations are not covered by the resolution,
    2. any land not in close proximity to sapient populations but where such populations may reside in the future is not covered by the resolution, and
    3. resources that are used by or otherwise impact sapient communities without being close to them are not covered by the resolution, despite the fact that aquifers, for example, can stretch for long distances and be highly interconnected,
Disappointed that the resolution doesn't bother to explain what "close range" means, making even good-faith compliance unclear at best,

Distraught that clause 2b of the target:
  1. only applies when water resources have already been harmed, potentially beyond repair, thus diminishing any positive impact the clause may have, and
  2. only applies to "water resources demonstrably neccessary [sic] to ensure the health of local communities," despite no water resource being truly necessary to this end by definition due to it always being technically possible to import clean water from elsewhere, thus rendering the clause practically useless,
Annoyed that the target prevents nations from negotiating solutions to transboundary pollution resulting from fracking that would be the most beneficial to those nations themselves, and forces members bordering non-members to restrict their own operations while allowing those non-members to frack at will,

Convinced that outright banning certain industrial operations where they may potentially cause harm rather than properly regulating them to ensure a high standard of safety across the board makes for poor policy, and

Believing that a largely redundant resolution that so utterly fails at adequately covering even a single narrow subject area should not remain in effect,

Hereby repeals GA 417 "Restrictions on Hydraulic Fracturing."

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Postby Cretox State » Mon Sep 12, 2022 3:53 pm

Reserved.
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Postby Heidgaudr » Mon Sep 12, 2022 4:29 pm

"We would point out that forcing companies to use non-hydraulic fracturing may be more of a feature than a bug. Non-hydraulic fracturing tends to be less harmful to the environment than hydraulic fracturing - though as you point out in the draft, conditions can vary wildly between locations due to the lack of regulation in all other aspects. Our delegation would prefer to see a total ban on fracturing than we would to permit any amount of hydraulic fracturing. Opposed."

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Postby Tinhampton » Mon Sep 12, 2022 10:52 pm

Cretox State wrote:Hereby repeals GA 441 "Restrictions on Hydraulic Fracturing."

Are you absolutely sure about that? :P

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Postby Cretox State » Tue Sep 13, 2022 2:32 pm

Tinhampton wrote:
Cretox State wrote:Hereby repeals GA 441 "Restrictions on Hydraulic Fracturing."

Are you absolutely sure about that? :P

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Fixed.
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Author: 12 GA + 4 SC resolutions, 7 issues, and a lot of drafts
Killer of Stats
"above the level of needing to be told how English works" - Candlewhisper Archive
"pure legalese" - Araraukar
"barrel of nonsense" - Tinhampton
"Just hurry up and declare a coup" - Honeydewistania
"a joke with no punchline" - Minskiev
"purge me daddy" - Praeceps
GA 400
GA 496
GA 503 (1st in category)
GA 504
GA 509 (1st in category)
GA 510
GA 512
GA 520
GA 523
GA 527
GA 529
GA 530
GA 535*

SC 318
SC 331
SC 333
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Issue 1427
Issue 1433
Issue 1438
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Postby Cretox State » Tue Sep 13, 2022 2:39 pm

Heidgaudr wrote:"We would point out that forcing companies to use non-hydraulic fracturing may be more of a feature than a bug. Non-hydraulic fracturing tends to be less harmful to the environment than hydraulic fracturing - though as you point out in the draft, conditions can vary wildly between locations due to the lack of regulation in all other aspects. Our delegation would prefer to see a total ban on fracturing than we would to permit any amount of hydraulic fracturing. Opposed."

OOC: Support due to the target's author and because the target is so lacking.

"A total ban?! You can't be serious! Fracturing can be extremely safe when done right, and newer technologies make it safer every year. The target, however, doesn't force members to actually do it right and doesn't encourage using new fracking technology or even account for it. It just bans fracking in really unclear and partially circumventable circumstances." Lorica surreptitiously gestures at a nearby man in a crisp suit, seemingly waiting for a bribe that never comes. She sighs.
Author: 12 GA + 4 SC resolutions, 7 issues, and a lot of drafts
Killer of Stats
"above the level of needing to be told how English works" - Candlewhisper Archive
"pure legalese" - Araraukar
"barrel of nonsense" - Tinhampton
"Just hurry up and declare a coup" - Honeydewistania
"a joke with no punchline" - Minskiev
"purge me daddy" - Praeceps
GA 400
GA 496
GA 503 (1st in category)
GA 504
GA 509 (1st in category)
GA 510
GA 512
GA 520
GA 523
GA 527
GA 529
GA 530
GA 535*

SC 318
SC 331
SC 333
SC 395*

Issue 1427
Issue 1433
Issue 1438
Issue 1444
Issue 1490
Issue 1491
Issue 1526

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Postby Cretox State » Sun Sep 25, 2022 10:04 am

Humpty Bumpty wants to make progress
Humpty Bumpty asks for more comments!
Author: 12 GA + 4 SC resolutions, 7 issues, and a lot of drafts
Killer of Stats
"above the level of needing to be told how English works" - Candlewhisper Archive
"pure legalese" - Araraukar
"barrel of nonsense" - Tinhampton
"Just hurry up and declare a coup" - Honeydewistania
"a joke with no punchline" - Minskiev
"purge me daddy" - Praeceps
GA 400
GA 496
GA 503 (1st in category)
GA 504
GA 509 (1st in category)
GA 510
GA 512
GA 520
GA 523
GA 527
GA 529
GA 530
GA 535*

SC 318
SC 331
SC 333
SC 395*

Issue 1427
Issue 1433
Issue 1438
Issue 1444
Issue 1490
Issue 1491
Issue 1526

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Postby Simone Republic » Thu Sep 29, 2022 2:37 am

Humpty Bumpty....
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Postby Simone Republic » Sat Oct 15, 2022 6:48 am

Humpty Bumpty asks for more comments....

I'd like to re-emphasize that the current resolution only affects fracking operations that "are in or within close range of land inhabited by populations of sapient beings," so any land on natural territories not close to sapient populations are not even covered by the resolution (or even such horrors as the Juukan Gorge rock shelters being blown up by Rio Tinto).
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Postby Kirrlark » Sat Oct 15, 2022 9:56 am

"Against, the resolution in question goes significantly beyond the protections afforded by other resolutions in relation to water pollutants. It also seeks to prevent the impacts arising from water abstraction, greenhouse gas emissions and induced seismicity and therefore provides an important safeguard against these additional harms that would inevitably arise from unrestricted hydraulic fracturing"
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We reserve any support until we see a good-faith replacement proposal draft
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Postby Simone Republic » Wed Oct 26, 2022 1:10 am

Heavens Reach wrote:We reserve any support until we see a good-faith replacement proposal draft


To be honest, there really isn't one planned as it is deemed largely redundant.
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Postby Heavens Reach » Wed Oct 26, 2022 1:49 am

Simone Republic wrote:
Heavens Reach wrote:We reserve any support until we see a good-faith replacement proposal draft


To be honest, there really isn't one planned as it is deemed largely redundant.


By which resolutions in particular?

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Postby Magecastle Embassy Building A5 » Thu Oct 27, 2022 2:09 pm

Ooc: Given the original author's disappearance, will you (Simone Republic) be submitting this with Cretox as a co-author before he CTEs, or will you be waiting for him to return and submit this instead?
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Postby Simone Republic » Tue Nov 29, 2022 7:30 pm

Bump. I'd rather use this one than the other one proposed.
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Postby Simone Republic » Wed Nov 30, 2022 7:55 am

Magecastle Embassy Building A5 wrote:Ooc: Given the original author's disappearance, will you (Simone Republic) be submitting this with Cretox as a co-author before he CTEs, or will you be waiting for him to return and submit this instead?


We will see. Cretox said he's in central US for about a month and a half so should resurface soon.
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Postby Simone Republic » Sun Dec 04, 2022 10:00 pm

I will re-write on WALL to cover any plagiarism issues and will re-introduce this on a new thread.

Edit: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=528537

This has been re-introduced as a new thread.
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