Exploration & Production

German politicians call for tighter shale gas regulation

The German government’s working group on environmental issues has proposed a set of rules for the shale gas exploration sector just days after the national upper house approved a resolution calling for stricter regulation in the sector.
By Joshua Posaner 11 February 2013 0 4865

The German government’s working group on environmental issues has proposed a set of rules for the shale gas exploration sector just days after the national upper house approved a resolution calling for stricter regulation in the sector.

Environmental impact assessments should be completed on every project, with the use of hydraulic fracturing near water reserves banned, the group said in a paper.

Angela Merkel’s CDU-led coalition government, which also includes the CDU’s sister party CSU and the free market liberals FDP, won a vote in the Bundestag...