German government agrees to ban controversial fracking practice

Germany may move away from the controversial practice of drilling for shale gas The German government has chosen to take aggressive action on fracking. After years or derisive talks, the coalition government has decided to ban fracking for shale gas indefinitely. The ban aims to address concerns regarding the damage that this practice can cause to the environment. While some environmental groups have praised the decision, others believe that the ban does not go far enough. Some of these groups have vowed to fight the ban in order to promote…

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New report warns fracking may be as hazardous as asbestos

Hydraulic fracturing could have delayed adverse affects on society. Fracking continues to become more controversial around the world and it is not only environmentalists who are worried about the negative effects this oil and gas extraction process will have on people and the environment, because according to a recent report from the UK government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Mark Walport, hydraulic fracturing carries potential risks that could be as damaging as tobacco, thalidomide and asbestos. Technological advances and innovation need to be assessed fully before they are approved. Fracking for shale…

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Fracking companies in UK allowed to drill without public consent

The United Kingdom plans to grant underground access to gas and oil companies. In spite of public opposition, it is the intention of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to allow fracking drilling to occur under people’s land without their consent, which would give companies permission to drill at depths of 300 meters or lower under private land, without them having to ask for the right to access the area. Nearly 100% of respondents objected the proposal. During a consultation on the proposal, 99% of 40,647 respondents were…

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Fracking industry in the UK may soon have tighter regulations

Not everyone in the UK believes that hydraulic fracturing is safe. According to the Labour party, fracking rules in regard to drilling for natural gas are not strict enough and the party intends to try to make these regulations stronger by formally presenting a series of amendments to the infrastructure bill. Public concern about drilling for shale gas has lead to several protests. There are adequate safeguards in place for fracking for shale gas that meet voluntary agreements or current rules, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change…

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Fracking can now be banned by New York Communities

Towns and cities in New York State can prohibit hydraulic fracturing. A recent court ruling decided that NY municipalities can use zoning laws to ban fracking, a controversial natural-gas extraction method that has lead to an energy boom in the United States, which was a major step backward for the shale gas industry that has had hopes to grow its operations within the state for many years. Over 170 NY cities and towns have used zoning laws to pass bans or delay the process. In 2008, a moratorium was imposed…

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Fracking lawsuit launched in Canada

An anti-shale gas group sues the government of New Brunswick. The provincial government is being sued by the New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance and by three citizens over the government’s plans to develop the fracking industry in the Eastern Canadian province. The alliance is calling for a moratorium until the government can prove the practice is safe. Last week, three citizens and the New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance, which represents 22 community organizations, filed an 18 page statement of claim with the Court of Queen’s Bench in Stain John, alleging…

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Fracking concerns raised by Canadian university study

A report claims that regulations for hydraulic fracturing in B.C. are inadequate. A study, conducted by the University of Victoria’s Law Centre for the Fort Nelson First Nation, reveals that since 1968 over 41 billion liters of contaminated waste water has been injected into a single natural gas fracking well, indentified as Well #2240, located in northeastern British Columbia. The reports claim contradicts statements made by the province’s minister of natural gas. According to the study, “waste water is not tracked after disposal,” and “the fate of this massive quantity…

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The Danger of Natural Gas

 Natural gas continues to grow in popularity, but could be a lethal energy resource Natural gas is currently one of the most aggressively supported forms of fuel in the United States. The government has been investing heavily in support of natural gas over the past few years, claiming that this fuel can be used to transition away from fossil-fuels and embrace a more sustainable future. While natural gas is cleaner than both coal and oil, it is still considered a fossil-fuel, and its production may have serious environmental drawbacks that…

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Fracking could create thousands of jobs in the UK

Hydraulic fracturing of shale gas reserves could lead to billions of investments in the UK. An Ernst & Young study that was commissioned by the United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG), which represents Britain’s onshore gas and oil industry, estimates that the extraction of shale gas via fracking in the UK could lead to the creation of 64,000 jobs and £33 billion (roughly $55 billion) worth of investments. Shale gas resources are believed to be abundant in the United Kingdom. It is estimated that in northern UK, there is approximately…

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Shale gas may lead to growth in Ohio’s fuel cell industry

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Ohio’s fuel cell industry may be able to accelerate growth by making use of shale gas Ohio has played a vital role in the hydrogen fuel cell industry of the U.S. for a decade. The Ohio Third Frontier program, which was established in 2002, has been part of the reason the state has been a leader in the industry. The program has brought more than $85 million in investments to the fuel cell industry, which has powered the research and development of hydrogen fuel cells. These investments have aided the…

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