Germany’s environmental agency recommends stricter ban on fracking

By Siobhan Lismore-Scott
Published: Tuesday, 05 August 2014

Germany shutting the door on fracking would mean that the industrial minerals markets which serve this industry would not see a demand spike from this country. For Germany, this would mean continuing to rely on Russian gas – at a time when Europe wide sanctions seem probable — or stepping up a reliance to coal, which means higher emissions.

While the UK is moving towards embracing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in order to achieve security of energy supply, other countries in Europe have been slow to pick up the mantle.

In Germany, this week the environment agency recommended to the government that the moratorium imposed in 2012 be maintained.

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