Merkel cautious on 'fracking' in Germany

Feb 20, 2013
German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses guests during a function in Berlin on February 20, 2013. Merkel on Wednesday expressed caution over whether the revolutionary oil and gas technique of "fracking" could be introduced in Germany, saying public safety was the main concern.

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday expressed caution over whether the revolutionary oil and gas technique of "fracking" could be introduced in Germany, saying public safety was the main concern.

The technology of "", which has unlocked immense gas and and changed the geopolitics of energy, would "very probably also open up new gas deposits in Germany," Merkel told the Straubinger Tagblatt.

"Contrary to large parts of the United States, we are living here in a very densely populated country," Merkel told the regional daily in an interview.

The technology, also called "unconventional" production, remains highly controversial, with widespread, serious worries for the environment and the health of people living near the "fracking" locations.

It has been banned in France since 2011 but German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier promised at the weekend to introduce legislation on the topic before federal elections on September 22.

"We have to look very carefully as to whether this technology can be used here as well. For me, the most important thing is that there should be no danger to people or the environment," insisted the chancellor.

She vowed a "dialogue" between companies, politicians and citizens before any major decisions were taken on the use of the technique in Germany.

Since its in 2007, "fracking" has become the gold rush of the 21st century, with tens of billions of dollars in revenue and hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

Explore further: Monitoring heavy metals using mussels

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Hundreds attend EPA hearing on Pa. gas drilling

Jul 22, 2010

(AP) -- Hundreds of people are attending a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hearing in southwestern Pennsylvania on a controversial natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

Fracking shifts global energy balance

Dec 14, 2012

North America's shale oil and gas boom has shifted the balance in global energy markets, giving the US and Canada new leverage as exporters, despite the Middle East retaining a pivotal role.

Romania to review moratorium on shale gas

Jun 22, 2012

Romania will review its stand on shale gas when a drilling moratorium expires in December and align itself with a future joint EU position on the controversial issue, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said Friday.

Recommended for you

Monitoring heavy metals using mussels

2 hours ago

A research team in Malaysia has concluded that caged mussels are useful for monitoring heavy metal contamination in coastal waters in the Strait of Johore. Initial results indicate more pollution in the eastern ...

Climate change report identifies 'the most vulnerable'

3 hours ago

Extreme weather events leave populations with not enough food both in the short- and the long-term. A new report by the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at the School of Geography and the Environment ...

Obama readies climate change push at UN summit

6 hours ago

President Barack Obama will seek to galvanize international support in the fight against climate change on Tuesday when he addresses the United Nations, with time running out on his hopes of leaving a lasting ...

New toxic spill traced to Mexico mine

7 hours ago

Civil protection authorities have confirmed new toxic spills in northwestern Mexico, where a massive acid spill from a copper mine contaminated waterways.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

frajo
not rated yet Feb 21, 2013
Unlike most politicians, A. Merkel is a physicist. The difference between thinking like a physicist and thinking like a lawyer (or economist) is more serious than the difference between thinking like a woman and thinking like a man.