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Germany still divided on the future of fracking | Environment | DW.DE | 13.12.2012

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany would phase out its nuclear power by 2022, she wasn't clear about what would replace it. One possibility is fracking, but not everyone is onboard.

Germany is on the hunt for new sources of energy. In August, a new coal-fired power plant opened in Cologne.

The plant has touched off a firestorm of debate over German energy policy, particularly over a new - and potentially dangerous - method that carries both massive risk and massive reward: hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Dec 13th, 2012 at 01:19:32 PM EST
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Shale gas extraction could create 'thousands of jobs': theparliament.com
British MEP Roger Helmer says the emergence of exploration for shale oil and shale gas in some EU countries could lead to the creation of 'thousands of jobs'.

Speaking in Strasbourg, Helmer also added that he accepts no form of energy extraction can be 'entirely safe'.

His comments, on Wednesday, come after parliament adopted two resolutions saying that shale gas extraction should be backed up with "robust regulatory regimes".

On Thursday, UK government ministers were expected to give their approval for shale gas extraction in Lancashire to be resumed despite environmental concerns about fracking, the controversial process of extracting gas from deep below the ground. Operations were halted last year after extraction set off a series of earth tremors.

In its resolutions, parliament said member states should also be "cautious" about permitting exploitation of unconventional fossil fuels pending further analysis of whether EU-level regulation is appropriate.

Each member state has the right to decide on whether to exploit shale gas, said the resolution, drafted by EFD deputy Niki Tzavela, and adopted with 492 votes in favour, 129 against and 13 abstentions.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 13th, 2012 at 03:55:46 PM EST
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I'm quite sure the enthusiasm of conservatives for fracking will diminish rapidly should it ever start to happen in their backyard

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 03:38:57 AM EST
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We can't build a railway line through the fracking Chilterns, but we can destroy the Lake District with fracking...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 05:12:35 PM EST
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Can't find it right now, Spiegel had an web site article yesterday that the Lower Saxony environmental agency has decided there will be no further fracking test well permits given...

until the causes of the earthquake centered on an existing pilot well are understood. You read that right. And not far from Bremen either.

I wish amurka, the UcK and Poland much success with their attempt to poison the aquifers for ever.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anas Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 03:20:40 AM EST
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In Wales:
In August, a new coal-fired power plant opened in Cologne.

Not to PN, but this is the Neurath Power Plant, which is not only way out of town (close to the gaping open-pit mines) but administratively belongs to Dusseldorf and not Fail City.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 06:06:36 AM EST
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