Clipon Beach, France



In 2007, the governing body of the Dunkirk Autonomous Port accepted the application by EDF for the construction and management of a methane terminal on the land of the Dunkirk Autonomous Port. This methane port construction is likely to cause the disappearance of Clipon Beach and the destruction of the protective coastal dunes.

Surfrider remained mobilised throughout the case. We got involved with the National Commission for Public Debate, which we presented with a stakeholder's notebook that highlighted the arguments against the project. Numerous people rose against this project and participated in a beach funeral.

In 2010, the project was postponed due to a lack of funding, but at the end of April 2011, the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced the go-ahead for the port construction. The Keeper carried on defending Surfrider's position during a press conference that was organised by the action group ‘Save the Dune'. Nevertheless, work on the project started on the 9th of June 2011, and the terminal is due to be completed at the end of 2015.

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