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Germany Bans Fracking Forever

Germany permanently bans fracking

Germany have agreed to permanently ban fracking in the country following years of debate over the issue.

The coalition government have said that they will outlaw the practise of fracking for shale gas, but will allow test drilling to take place in certain circumstances.

Reuters reports:

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.

If the law is approved by parliament, Germany will follow France, which has banned fracking, whereas Britain allows it subject to strict environmental and safety guidelines.

Germany was on the verge of a parliamentary vote on similar legislation to ban fracking a year ago, but the effort stalled amid disagreements between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and the left Social Democrats (SPD).

The two parties agreed on Tuesday to an indefinite ban, but the compromise legislation calls for the German parliament to reassess whether the decision is still valid in 2021, said Thomas Oppermann, who heads the SPD’s parliamentary group.

CDU officials confirmed that a compromise had been reached.

Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) criticized the proposal and said that by setting a date for a fresh look, the coalition had essentially agreed to allow fracking in five years.

“The coalition’s agreement on a fracking permission law is hair-raising. The law must be stopped and replaced with a true fracking ban,” Hubert Weiger, who heads the environmental group, said in a statement.

Both parties were due to debate the legislative proposal in caucus meetings on Tuesday.

Further details of the compromise legislation were not immediately available.

Current German law permits unconventional fracking, but virtually no drilling permits have been approved.

  • ChiChiChiba

    No Nucs and now no petroleum. Enjoy those sky high energy costs!

  • Julianjulio

    Good for you’s… 🙂

  • Alastair Leith

    the headline is very misleading. reassessment in 2021 is not “Germany bans fracking forever”.

  • Marty

    The headline completely contradicts the article, it is a 5 year ban. The Socialists have not put their own throats in the strong hands of Putin. Germany and other European countries that depend on energy from Russia, are now unable to speak out on any moral issue, concerning Russia. The US needs to get started immediately exporting all the gas that Europe would like, then enabling them to protect themselves.

    • Werner Rhein

      The Europeans don’t need the dirty american oil and gas, They go with green alternative energy sourced and stop destroying the planet. But that is what americans want and sit fir the last 100 destroy the planet.

      • Marty

        Calm yourself Werner, no one wants to destroy the planet. Germany/Merkel was unable to exert any moral influence, when the Russians invaded Crimea & Ukraine, because Germany and much of Europe was/is dependent on natural gas from Russia. The Europeans, at that time were talking about importing natural gas from the United States, since the US has enough to last a “million years.” This would help the German and other European people not have to worry about Russia turning off your natural gas. You won’t freeze to death in the winter.

  • Vic Askey

    We should disregard Germany’s decision on fracking they along with France should have no influence on the decisions of the UK government makes on Fracking within the UK they are now a foreign country and all their research etc on subject like this should be ignored

  • wildmother

    That is why they went in and caused trouble in Ukraine- which has really rich gas fields to be tapped. The minute the so called revolution started US gave billions for gas development in Ukraine. Ukraine has most fertile land for farming but all that will be destroyed for fracking. Germany can be FRACK FREE and destroy Ukraine to get gas. So this is really a lie. Gas is also the reason for the upcoming war with Russia- who has a lot of gas.