Hollande vows no shale gas exploration while he is president

Jul 14, 2013
A drilling rig exploring for shale gas is pictured in Ksiezomierz in south-eastern Poland on June 11, 2013. Francois Hollande has said France will maintain its ban on the exploration for shale gas throughout his five-year term.

President Francois Hollande said on Sunday that France would maintain its ban on the exploration for shale gas throughout his five-year term.

"As long as I am president, there were will be no exploration for shale gas," Hollande said during a Bastille Day interview with top television channels.

He said the fracking technique used to extract shale gas presented too many "risks to groundwater".

"We can see some consequences in the United States" from the technique, Hollande said.

Energy companies have been banned since 2011 from exploiting in France over fears of environmental risks from the potential air and involved in fracking.

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youngmaester
2.5 / 5 (11) Jul 15, 2013
We're having some horrible consequences from shale gas exploration in the US... cheaper energy, cleaner energy, jobs, and fewer energy imports. Horrible, just horrible.
Ducklet
1.3 / 5 (12) Jul 15, 2013
What consequences? Shale deposits are 5000 to 8000 feet below any water table and there is no interaction between it and groundwater.
geokstr
1.7 / 5 (12) Jul 15, 2013
What consequences? Shale deposits are 5000 to 8000 feet below any water table and there is no interaction between it and groundwater.

I think youngmaester and you are in agreement.
deepsand
2.7 / 5 (12) Jul 16, 2013
Obviously more than a few are not up to speed on the subject, as evidenced by their fallacious posts.
deepsand
2.6 / 5 (10) Jul 24, 2013
Here in Pennsylvania, the Dept. of Environmental Protection, along with the Republican's controlling the state legislature, has been in bed with the coal miners, limestone miners, oil drillers and natural gas extractors for decades.

Recently, the now resigned DEP Secretary - he left to work for Big Energy - claimed that there were a mere 25 cases of documented harm to private water supplies between 2008 and the fall of 2012. A request filed under the Commonwealth's Right-to-Know law revealed that there were actually at least 161 such cases.

Never believe what Big Energy and their political stooges claims with regards to the how safe their operations are.

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