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Germany approves bill restricting hydraulic fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing operations in the United States have increased dramatically over the past decade. Indeed, hydraulic fracturing is also growing in other countries. Germany, however, appears to be taking a different approach. Recently, Germany’s cabinet approved a draft of a bill that would restrict hydraulic fracturing operations in the country.

Fracking in Germany will be subject to a number of restrictions. For example, hydraulic fracturing is barred in nature parks and water bore areas. Moreover, companies cannot engage in fracking operations above 3,000 meters unless the drilling is for research purposes and an expert panel concludes that the drilling will … Continue Reading

Germany drafts hydraulic fracturing regulations

On Tuesday, February 26, 2013, the German government proposed new regulations concerning the recovery of hydrocarbons through hydraulic fracturing. These new regulations come at a point when several European governments have imposed a ban on hydraulic fracturing.
The proposed regulations would outlaw fracking in areas where there are water reserves and mineral springs and in areas near drinking water wells. All new projects would require environmental impact studies. Economy Minister Philipp Roesler stated that, while fracking offers “significant opportunities, we must always keep in view possible effects on the environment. ”

Environment Minister Peter Altmaier indicated that the proposed regulations … Continue Reading

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