Reports this week indicated that Germany might be modifying its fracing laws to make it possible for companies to drill for shale gas. Many hoped that the German government might lift its ban on fracing at depths shallower than 3,000 meters (9,800ft). While the government has said that they plan to review the process closely, they will not ban the practice entirely, either.

The German government’s new plan will stop short of an outright ban on fracing, bowing to pressure from the industry, according to the latest draft of a law from the envi...


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