The French parliament voted in favour of a ban on the controversial practice of extracting shale gas through hydraulic fracturing, known as “fracking” Wednesday. The bill still needs to pass before the Senate before it becomes law.
The French National Assembly voted in favour of a ban on the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” Wednesday, a controversial gas extraction method that has emerged as a key political issue ahead of the presidential election.
Those in the crowd included Green presidential hopefuls Eva Joly and Nicolas Hulot, as well as Danielle Mitterand, the widow of former Socialist President François Mitterand, who chose to spend the anniversary of her husband’s 1981 landmark victory – still celebrated by the French left – campaigning against fracking.
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The amount of shale gas available in France is still unknown, but a report by the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security reported last week that Europe as a whole could meet its energy demands for some 60 years if it were to use its unconventional gas resources, under which shale gas falls. Poland, which is eager to rid itself of any dependence on Russian energy sources, is keen to make that a reality.
Date created : 2011-05-11