News Digest Item
22 May 2018

Government plans new expert commission on fracking


The German government is planning to establish an expert commission charged with monitoring fracking (hydraulic fracturing) projects in the country, ntv reports. Although no application has yet been filed to test drill, Green MP Julia Verlinden warned in the article that the government was clearly considering approving the use of fracking technology. “Instead of banning fracking for gas resources, the government wants to expand this dangerous kind of extraction method,” Verlinden said. For now, only the government of Lower Saxony is publicly thinking about starting a pilot project for unconventional fracking, the article says.

Read the article in German here.

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