Posted by: Grant | December 15, 2012

Germany Fractures

Oh Frack meBLOOMBERG
German Lawmakers Reject Ban on Shale-Gas Fracking in Parliament
By Stefan Nicola – Dec 14, 2012 5:12 AM GMT+1000
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-13/german-lawmakers-reject-ban-on-shale-gas-fracking-in-parliament.html

” …Merkel’s coalition government defeated motions from the Green Party and Left Party that called for banning hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, after the opposition argued the technique is harmful to the environment. The vote was 309 against the Green Party’s motion, 259 in favor and two abstentions. There was no count for the second motion.

There’s no reason to prohibit a technique that’s been used in Germany for many years without incidents, said Andreas Laemmel, a lawmaker with the Christian Democratic Union.

“We need the technology and we need natural gas as a resource won domestically,” Laemmel said in parliament in Berlin before the vote. The U.K. government earlier today lifted a ban on shale-gas fracking…. “

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