Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, could be fully banned in France, with the country’s lawmakers in the lower house of parliament preliminary backing on Wednesday a total stop on shale gas exploration and extraction, Kallanish Energy learns.
The activity was first banned in 2011, but until it becomes a reality the ban would have to go to the Senate and return to the lower house for a final approval. That is unlikely to happen before parliamentary work is suspended in February, when lawmakers start campaigning for a legislative election in June.
The Conservative party is opposed to the ban – they hold a majority in the Senate but not in the lower house.
An industry player told Kallanish Energy the call for a ban on fracking in the country is “hypocrite,” since France imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) is also supplied by U.S. shale gas producers.