German State Aims To Revive 'Tight' Gas Fracking

Frack Friction

Countries across the globe are considering copying U.S.-style shale gas fracking, which has fanned an economic boom, but opposition is strong in densely-populated Europe, where environmentalists warn against the proximity to drinking water.

Opposition to shale fracking is strong in Germany, which is also committed to a renewable energy drive. But the Ukraine crisis has highlighted the country's dependency on gas imports from Russia, given falling domestic gas output.

Lies said that clear environmental guidelines would raise acceptance and allow Lower Saxony producers, which include Wintershall and ExxonMobil, to get back to normal operations in the conventional gas sector.

Fracking of shale gas was expressly not intended, he said.

($1 = 0.7183 Euros)

(Editing by Keiron Henderson)


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