Fracking is “Fracturing” the German Government Coalition

By Geert DeCock, Food & Water Watch Director of EU Affairs

Andy Gheorghiu, a German grassroots activist.

In early April, the German Environment Minister proposed new rules on fracking. One of the most eye-catching elements was the decision to ban fracking for shale gas and coal bed methane above 3,000 meters of depth. However, the minister also proposed some research projects on fracking, which would need to be approved by an expert panel and closely monitored. Fracking activities in Germany’s tight sand formations would also be …

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One Clear Message: Europe is Not for Shale!

By Geert DeCock, Food & Water Watch Director of EU Affairs

I wish that I could say that I planned it this way. The World Gas Union recently gathered in Paris, where ExxonMobil CEO Tillerson blasted European Union countries that have adopted a ban or a moratorium on fracking. And at the exact same time, activists from around Europe gathered in Brussels to share a very different message at the “Europe is Not for Shale” conference. Alas! It was a lucky coincidence. Planned or …

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