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09.05.2016 13:26
Sarkozy Strikes Balanced Approach to French Shale
Sarkozy’s party which led the legislative effort to ban fracking in 2011 is now in favour of shale gas exploration through alternative techniques to fracking safe for the environment, according to the document released after a convention on environment and energy
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Less than a year before the presidential contest and six months before holding its first open primary, Les Republicains, France’s right wing opposition party – led by former president Nicolas Sarkozy who is likely to run again though he has yet to formally announce his candidacy – laid out a series of policy proposals on energy on May 3 aimed to shape the party platform heading into the general election no matter who wins the primary.

Sarkozy’s party which led the legislative effort to ban fracking in 2011 is now in favour of shale gas exploration through alternative techniques to fracking safe for the environment, according to the document released after a convention on environment and energy.

“We want to allow some researches on clean and alternatives techniques to the hydraulic fracturing which would give an opportunity to exploit our potential resources. Shale gas exploitation and sales would provide  €100bn to the French state (2012 report) in 30 years while adding 225 000 jobs to the economy”, the document says, as quoted by Natural Gas Europe.

Meanwhile, the party denies any intention to overturn the fracking ban, saying: “If the hydraulic fracturing represents a risk of contamination of soil and water tables, we should keep the ban in place in the spirit of the 2011 law."


TAGS: France | fracking | gas | energy | natural gas | environment 


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