German Government Agrees "Indefinite" Ban On Fracking

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The German government has agreed to ban fracking for shale gas for an indefinite period, but would allow test drilling to be carried out if state governments permit it, news agencies reported on Tuesday.

The two parties in Germany’s ruling coalition - the Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) - agreed to what is being called an “indefinite” ban, but the agreement calls for a review in five years, leaving the door open for a possible lifting of the ban.

Parliament must still approve the ban.

Environmental groups are not satisfied with the agreement, and have vowed to step up opposition.

"The coalition's agreement on a fracking permission law is hair-raising. The law must be stopped and replaced with a true fracking ban," Hubert Weiger, who heads the environmental group, said in a statement carried by Reuters.

France has banned fracking, while the United Kingdom has gone back and forth over the issue. In late May, a local English government approved the first fracking permit in Western Europe for natural gas since 2011.

The last fracking incident in Britain occurred in 2011, when the U.K.-based oil and gas company Cuadrilla Resources admitted that two minor earthquakes in north-west England had been caused by the company’s use of the controversial drilling practice.

France’s Socialist government has been under pressure from environmentalists not only to ensure that fracking never takes place on French territory, but also to ensure that no fracked gas enters its territory.


Concerns have recently been expressed by some members of French parliament that American LNG exports to Europe have contained natural gas that is 40 percent shale gas—which environmentalists and some lawmakers argue contradicts France’s own ban on shale gas exploitation using hydraulic fracturing.

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froze25's picture

Does Germany have high or low electricity prices? Anyone know price per kilowatt? I know they are big on bio gas over there.

Bunga Bunga's picture

Gas is close to 6 bucks a gallon.

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) Bunga Bunga Jun 22, 2016 2:26 PM


That's mostly taxes tho.   Same as in the rest of Europe.  Pays to allow the liberals to force everybody into buses with "those people" and integrate the societies.   It's buses that caused the collapse of the societies in Europe.     That's why they want to ban cars.  You figure it out! 

johngaltfla's picture

Germany is run by Marxist cowards and communist pussies. Otto Von Bismarck is probably screaming as a ghost for someone to dig his body up and bury him in a country not run by loons.

DownWithYogaPants's picture

German Luddites.  This is to create artificial scarcity.  You think the big state Ruling Class Oligarchy cares one iota about your drinking water?  I believe their behavior speaks for itself.

Bunga Bunga's picture

They simply have no oil industry like US, but the automobile industry is their economic backbone. Every country (driven by their lobbies) acts for its best economic interests, surprising?

TBT or not TBT's picture

Ah that's what Germany wants the millions of young islamic uneducated misogynist males for.  Economic interests, and the intense domestic lobbying.   Thanks for explaining your general theory of Everything.  

D Nyle's picture

Saving it for the 4th Reich, after they crush europe with the EU project

TBT or not TBT's picture

It's going to be a caliphate, on present birthrate and immigration trends.   France was ahead of them but with this latest round of Merkel and crypto-communist treachery, Germany is catching down quickly.  

froze25's picture

Definitely, I read tragedy and hope, they cover him extensively.

Bunga Bunga's picture

German car manufacturers have a big lobby in Europe. In Germany they even don't have a general speed limit, so people have an incentive to buy high powered, fast cars. You are writing bullshit.

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N0TaREALmerican (not verified) Bunga Bunga Jun 22, 2016 2:49 PM


Re:  You are writing bullshit

WHAT?   No....

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AdolphLustig (not verified) Bunga Bunga Jun 22, 2016 2:51 PM

You are bullshit.

Germany does indeed have speed limits

Bunga Bunga's picture

Please read before posting. I said "general speed limit". There is no general speed limit, there are only speed limits on a case by case basis. On the Autobahn you can go the speed you want, if there is no speed limit posted. They even have a special traffic sign to overwrite all previous speed limits: = end of all speed limits and restrictions to pass. Fun!

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

According to this, the Germans pay three times more for power per kWh than Americans.

The must enjoy paying more than is necessary for power ... (that, or they have bad government policies!)

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AdolphLustig (not verified) GunnerySgtHartman Jun 22, 2016 2:49 PM

They also use three times less power than americans.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

They also have far more solar panels per capita than in the US.

It fosters their Solar economy (innovation, jobs) and saves them money.

'Mericans are big on Energy. Germans are big on Energy*Efficiency. They also have more technical (math, engineering, science) PhD's than the US.

Anopheles's picture

"saves them money" ???

How?  When power costs 3 times as much BECASUE of all the renewable energy?  

Do you realize that for all that alternate energy, they have to keep coal burning plants hot, spinning for when the sun goes behind a cloud, or the wind dies down in an area.  That doubles the cost of renewables right there.  

What about the output of solar panels at night?

You also realize that solar power in Germany runs at about 10% nameplate capacity on an annual basis?  Wind is about 25%.  Conventional generation typically runs at over 90%. 



TBT or not TBT's picture

Germany is also disappearing right before our eyes.  Decade after decade of unsustainably low birthrates, plus savage non European immigration, plus hairshirt "green" policies have sealed their fate as a people.    German birthrates are plummeting yet lower.  Germany is done for.  

oncemore's picture

They do not want to be dependent on foreign ressurces.

They use solar heavily anf subsidize it heavily. But it helps tremendously to achieve the energetic independance.

they achieve alrady 50% of solar and wind on some days of the year.....

I think it is the best approach, that could be.

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ironicmerman (not verified) froze25 Jun 22, 2016 2:24 PM

It's measured in kilobrats.

Anopheles's picture

I think the all-in cost of residential electricity in Germany is on the order of 35 to 40 cents per kWh. 

Lots of "statistics" sites love to quote only the base cost of electricity, neglecting all the add on costs, fees, taxes, etc.  I read that in Ontario, they proudly list the cost of electricity as around 12 cents/kWh.  Yet that's only HALF of the total bill. 

Delivery, debt, infrastructure, regulatory fees and taxes are on top of that base rate and the REAL power costs end up DOUBLE at 20 to 25 cents per kWh. Oh, and they have twice a year price increases too.   

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N0TaREALmerican (not verified) Jun 22, 2016 2:23 PM


Goddamn hippies.   A little polution never hurt anybody,  look at the goddamn chinks for Christ's sake, they have polution up to their slanted eye-balls, but they keep churning out babies and iPhones, and you know why?   Because they aren't an bunch of goddamn snowflakes that's why.   These goddamn krouts have turned soft and you know why?   The goddamn hippies that's why.     You figure it out!

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ironicmerman (not verified) Jun 22, 2016 2:23 PM

Nein fracking!

Handful of Dust's picture

Ich bin ein non-Frackter!



... besides, they'r etoo busy protecting thier little boys and girls from being raped by Merkel's "engineer, lawyer and doctor asylum seekers."

Yen Cross's picture


 Here's an enlightening read,,, on another volumeless ponzified farce of an equity market day > Nuclear Power in Germany - World Nuclear Association

css1971's picture

I can vouch for the high electricity costs. I can also vouch for the increase in coal. We have a gassifier nearby and there's a lignite (brown coal) train every couple of weeks in winter. Less so now.

Buy when there's blood in the streets. The's blood in the nuclear market just now. Nobody wants to touch it. So I think it's worth investigating nuclear engineering companies at the moment.

CheapBastard's picture

We fracked some folks.

Atomizer's picture

Brussels has placed a Bockwurst into her ass. Uses Merkel as a Ventriloquism puppet actor. 

The Twilight Zone - The Dummy

RopeADope's picture

Does that mean Hillary Clinton "donations" will be clawed back?

Gert_B_Frobe's picture

Another fail for Germania. Change "fracking" to "immigrants" FTW

KingTut's picture


We've been fracking oil wells since the beginning 150 years ago.  We used to just lower nitro glycerine down the well then drop a rock.  We also routinely frack water wells.  Clearly some inept/unethical drillers created a PR disaster when they flooded into "easy money" shale gas&oil.  Those guys are long gone.  Simply following best practices prevents environmental problems. As for lighting your kitchen faucet on fire, that happens naturally in some places, when your water well turns out to be a gas well too.  

Anopheles's picture

We have methane (natural gas) in our water.  Bubbles up and the bubbles will light.  But not enough to be a gas well.  Needs to be aired out before use.   

No fracking for hundreds of miles.



Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Verfrack Dich!

Go Frack yourself!

Infield_Fly's picture
Infield_Fly (not verified) Jun 22, 2016 3:27 PM

Who fucking cares.


Germans can go blow Putin for natgas in the winter - at Putin prices.

Solio's picture

They must appreciate having aquifers without being polluted with voc's.

Mr. Bystander's picture

When the fuck will America get a clue. Fracking is terrible.

luckylogger's picture

Guess they prefer depending on Russian gas and oil where everything is done as environmentally friendly as possible......


Bankster Kibble's picture

While at the same time the EU is trying to cut back on Russian sourced gas.  Hmmm . . . next winter should be really interesting.

css1971's picture

A fracking ban is a no brainer.

Maslow's pyramid of needs. Right down there at the bottom, food, water. Anything which fucks those up should be dropped. Gas e.g. warmth from a gas supply is less important than basic food and water.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Electricity is required to pump and process water and sewage.   Gas is great for electricity production because gas turbines can be put online or taken offline to follow demand.