France votes to ban fracing
Ban not good enough say environmentalists
FRANCE has edged closer to becoming the first country in the
world to prohibit hydraulic fracturing (fracing) after the
country's lower house of parliament voted 287-186 in favour of
a ban. After the 11 May vote in the National Assembly, the bill
will go to the senate for a 1 June vote. The vote follows
widespread protests over fracing's environmental impact and
discontent that several exploration permits were issued by the
government at the beginning of the year without any public
consultation. Critics of fracing, which involves injecting
water, sand and chemicals...
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