France’s lawmakers back total fracking ban

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.