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Spain pushes ahead with fracking law

The country has amended its oil-exploration law to include guidelines for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in a signal it will support shale-gas development

The country’s 1998 hydrocarbon exploration law was amended on 30 October to include guidelines for fracking. The legislation also amended a 2006 law to include fracking in environmental-impact regulations ensuring the technique’s effect on local air and water quality will be heavily scrutinised. The new law, which comes into force on 31 October, is mainly aimed at improving electricity access for Spain’s Canary and Balearic islands. Spain wants to diversify its energy mix away from liquids-rich and high-carbon forms of electricity generation, such as oil, by expanding its use of natural gas and renewable energy.  In July, Repsol said it delayed its shale-gas exploration programme in north

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