Germany Bans Fracking But There’s a Hitch

germany bans frackingBy Brandon Turbeville

After years of discussion and debate, Germany’s Coalition Government has finally agreed to ban shale gas fracking. While some are hailing the decision and praising the new policy others do not believe the law goes far enough.

The question of fracking has been continuous for years in Germany particularly in regards to the risks posed to drinking water. German industry has opposed the decision arguing that it would lower energy costs.

Still, the ban isn’t as complete as one might think to begin with. Test drilling will still be allowed although it will require the permission of the respective state government. As a matter of compromise, the legislation requires the German Parliament to reassess the decision in 2021.

See: Dramatic Footage: Australian MP Sets River On Fire To Prove Fracking Dangers

Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) has criticized the proposal and stated that the 2021 reevaluation date amounts to a legalization of fracking after five years. Head of BUND Hubert Weiger stated, “The Coalition’s agreement on a fracking permission law is hair-raising. The law must be stopped and replaced with a true fracking ban.”

Germany’s ban on fracking follows a similar ban put in place by France. Before the legislation was passed, fracking was largely unregulated in Germany and a lack of specific rules was an invitation for the fracking industry and companies like Exxon Mobile and Wintersal to go ahead with fracking projects. Thus, the rush by these companies was the impetus for the legislation.

See: Scotland Just Banned Fracking Forever

As it is, the recent legislation will ban all but test drilling till 2021, a step, at least, in the right direction. Similar legislation was on the verge of being passed a year ago but a disagreement between the Christian Democrats and Social Democrats prevented its success. The recent legislation is a result of a compromise between these two parties.

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Brandon Turbevillearticle archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense SolutionsandDispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 600 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.


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2 Comments on "Germany Bans Fracking But There’s a Hitch"

  1. The global elite are rapidly shifting the global economic paradigm to fall in line with their 2030 Agenda post carbon era (aka 2030 Vision, the end of large scale fossil fuel use) with 2018 and 2020 being significant inflection points on that road. Did the establishment shove fracking down our throats to keep the global casino pumped up with cheap energy, then waited for the ill effects and frustration to peak to spur bans? Another motive: a tactic to further centralize control over energy production as bankrupt producers sell assets cheaply, analogous to the engineered banking crisis consolidating the banking industry.

    The MSM has reported the global elite are now focusing on steering $90 Trillion of investment funding into their new system. A small example is the Saudis recently investing $3.5 Billion in Uber. Doesn’t seem surprising that fracking is being allowed to be banned given these trajectories.

  2. billyjackeng | June 29, 2016 at 10:28 am | Reply

    All of the arguements concerning hydraulic fracturing are specious and like AGW are based upon pure fantasy or outright fraudulent research. This banning of the procurement of viable energy portends of an agenda that is not in our best interest in order that the “green” energy criminals can assure their continued subsidies of uneconomical energy.

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