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Germany bans fracking

In a step forward for environmental groups, the German government has followed France, Scotland and Wales in banning fracking “indefinitely”.  However, as in wales and Scotland, campaigners argue that the ban does not go far enough.

As Holger Hansen and Andrea Shalal at Reuters note:

“German industry is keen to keep the door open to fracking – which involves blasting chemicals and water into rocks to release trapped gas – arguing it could help lower energy costs, but opposition is strong in the country, where a powerful green lobby has warned about possible risks to drinking water.”

Just as in Scotland and Wales, the ban does not extend to test drilling; and the vague term “indefinitely” means that the ban could be overturned if sufficient quantities of profitable shale gas can be found.

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