Monthly Archives: April 2013

Austria

Political Situation Politically the situation seems difficult: The environment Minister said “No” to drilling with “actual technology”, which means that he left the backdoor open to change his opinion, however he is without formal power. The economic Minister wants to

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Belgium

Political situation The Flemish Government passed a law in 2009 specifically to lay out legal framework for coal bed methane extraction In 2011 a regional investment company owned by the Flemish government set up a new company in partnership with

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Bulgaria

Bulgaria has an official ban for shale gas exploration and extraction made by the Parliament on 18th of January 2012. The same decision was strengthened on 14th of June by the Parliament in the most important point number 1 ->

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Czech Republic

Political situation A law banning fracking was introduced to the upper chamber of the parliament by Petr Pakosta, formerly a conservative, now an independent MP. The law is being opposed mainly by the Ministry of the environment (headed by Tomas

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England-Wales

Political situation There’s still a de facto moratorium on fracking after first test-frack triggered earthquakes in April 2011. A Government decision is expected soon and they will almost certainly say fracking can start again. The key will be what conditions

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France

Political situation 13th July 2011: After a huge mobilisation across the country, the French Parliament votes a legislation banning the use of hydraulic fracturing This legislation, as confirmed by 21st March 2012 decree, also requests the creation of a “National

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Germany

Political situation In September 2012, two official reports have been published: http://www.bmu.de/files/pdfs/allgemein/application/pdf/gutachten_fracking_2012.pdf http://www.umwelt.nrw.de/ministerium/presse/presse_aktuell/presse120907_a.php The first one was published by the federal Environment, the second one – and much more detailed – by the Environment Ministry of Northrhine-Westfalia (around 900 pages).

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Hungary

According to the US Energy Information Administration, the joint reservesfor Romanian, Bulgarian, and Hungarian shale gas in the Carpathian-Balkanian basin is around 538 Bcm.The most promising exploration area is considered to be the Makó basin, which is located in the

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Ireland

Political situation Ireland is a parliamentary democracy with a president. The current government is a coalition government between the centre-right Fine Gael and the Labour Party. On the whole the government is completely preoccupied with the economy and meeting its

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Netherlands

The anti-shale gas group Schaliegasvrij Netherlands developed an electronic map gathering information about unconventional gas in the Netherlands: http://www.schaliegasvrij.nl/kaart/ Red are the Investigation Permits Green are the shale gas free municipalities Orange are the known reserves of shale gas Purple

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