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Germany Shelves Shale-Gas Drilling For Next Seven Years
The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 4, 2014 | JAN HROMADKO and HARRIET TORRY

Posted on 07/05/2014 6:26:52 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

BERLIN—Germany plans to halt shale-gas drilling for the next seven years over concerns that exploration techniques could pollute groundwater.

"There won't be [shale-gas] fracking in Germany for the foreseeable future," Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said Friday.

The planned regulations come amid a political standoff with Russia, Germany's main natural gas supplier, and following intensive lobbying from environmentalists and brewers concerned about possible drinking-water contamination.

The production of shale gas requires the application of the hydraulic fracturing technology known as fracking, which involves using a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals to break apart rocks to release the gas. The government plans to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing technology for drilling operations shallower than 3,000 meters (1.9 miles) and hopes to get a bill ready early next year.

The government will reassess the ban in 2021.

"Protecting drinking water and health has the highest value for us," Ms. Hendricks said.

Fracking technology has been used since the 1960s in Germany, allowing the industry to maximize the output of conventional gas fields. Although there is currently an oversupply of natural gas in Europe, prices in Germany are much higher than in the U.S. where fracking is used extensively.

But Germans are suspicious of fracking, fearing that it could pollute drinking water. Shale-gas carrying rock formations tend to be closer to the surface, and therefore closer to groundwater deposits.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fracking; germany; natgas; russia

1 posted on 07/05/2014 6:26:52 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Good! They can buy it from us at usurious prices!


2 posted on 07/05/2014 6:28:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I guess being slaves to Russia’s GAZPROM is preferable.


3 posted on 07/05/2014 6:29:11 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Or Russia or OPEC - serves those liberal right.


4 posted on 07/05/2014 6:29:47 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: T-Bird45

They must like Russian D—k!


5 posted on 07/05/2014 6:29:56 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Alternate title: “Germany publicly fellates Putin.”


6 posted on 07/05/2014 6:33:04 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I can’t believe the Europeans. Russia has them by the shorts and they still don’t get it. Screw them.


7 posted on 07/05/2014 6:37:20 PM PDT by Gluteus Maximus
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To: MinorityRepublican
there is currently an oversupply of natural gas in Europe

Maybe if you include Russia.

I can't see it happening under the western European enviro-weenies.

8 posted on 07/05/2014 6:37:55 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Gluteus Maximus

Simple explanation - environmentalism is a heretical religion, more important than prosperity.


9 posted on 07/05/2014 6:46:32 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: MUDDOG

That will make the Germans cool.


10 posted on 07/05/2014 6:46:48 PM PDT by fudimo
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To: fudimo

But it’ll bite ‘em like Dieter’s monkey.


11 posted on 07/05/2014 6:49:09 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: MinorityRepublican

Hitler and Goering were environmentalists....must be part of the German psyche.


12 posted on 07/05/2014 6:50:28 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Let them freeze their Hiney environwacko asses off!.


13 posted on 07/05/2014 6:57:25 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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>> “Protecting drinking water and health has the highest value for us,” Ms. Hendricks said.

Oh, shut up.


14 posted on 07/05/2014 6:58:51 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Concerns about groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing have been thoroughly debunked in the U.S.

I can only conclude that the Christian Democrats are being willfully blind. They have been intimidated by the Greens into governing against their country's best interests.

15 posted on 07/05/2014 6:59:24 PM PDT by Kennard
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To: MinorityRepublican

>>Shale-gas carrying rock formations tend to be closer to the surface, and therefore closer to groundwater deposits<<

I wasn’t aware that Groundwater is Pumped from Wells that are deeper than 5000 Feet, amazing. /s


16 posted on 07/05/2014 7:14:13 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (THEY LIVE, and we're the only ones wearing the Sunglasses...)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Dumb bunnies.


17 posted on 07/05/2014 7:16:59 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: MinorityRepublican

They’re all in ‘til the ice storms and ice sheets return.. Just glow baby glow!!


18 posted on 07/05/2014 7:27:04 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

So, did Gerhard Schröder have his fingers in this decision?


19 posted on 07/05/2014 7:27:07 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: MinorityRepublican

No nukes: no gas.

Germany will soon be 100% coal... or dark.

Maybe they envy the look of North Korea in those nighttime Korean Peninsula satellite photos.


20 posted on 07/05/2014 7:29:23 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: MinorityRepublican

Idioten.


21 posted on 07/05/2014 7:29:31 PM PDT by JPG ("So sue me". OK, we will.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Psst! Want to buy some hydrocarbons?


22 posted on 07/05/2014 7:36:58 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Die, you simpleton, 40 IQ German fascists.You’re not worth saving.


23 posted on 07/05/2014 7:43:14 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Kennard

Perrier water is bubbled up by gas naturaly and benzene is filtered out (from the Perrier contamination scandal). Obviously they still drink the stuff.mixed with shnaps, so what is the problem?

These people are retards.


24 posted on 07/05/2014 7:59:36 PM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: chajin
I would be curious if Gazprom happens to be funding these German environmental groups, like the Saudis fund ours.

Behind the green religion you often find another kind of green.

25 posted on 07/05/2014 8:46:13 PM PDT by seowulf (Cogito cogito, ergo cogito sum. Cogito.---Ambrose Bierce)
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To: JPG

Well said! The current German gouvernment is simply imbecile.

:(

Regards from Europe

Andreas


26 posted on 07/08/2014 11:19:00 PM PDT by European Guest (De omnibus dubitandum)
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