Policy & Regulation

Shale gas faces impasse in France

With concerns around hydraulic fracturing rising in France, the government took the decision to cancel three shale gas exploration permits last week, affecting two energy firms With concerns around hydraulic fracturing rising in France, the government took the decision to cancel three shale gas exploration permits last week, affecting two energy firms.
By Sophie Davies 10 October 2011 0 1377
French energy major, Total has lost its shale gas exploration permit as a result of the French government's recent ban on fracking. (PA)

The French government’s unexpected decision to cancel three shale gas exploration permits last week has thrown the future of shale gas in France into question. French energy major Total and US energy firm Schuepbach were both affected by the news, with Total losing one and the US firm losing two permits.

Total had not been expecting the government to cancel the permits, according to company spokeswoman Sandra Dante. “We don’t know the reasons for the decision. We want to understand the legal basis of it…we thought...

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