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France revokes all shale permits

Companies using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) banned

The French government has cancelled all shale-gas exploration permits in the country. The three licences, Total’s Montelimar and Texas-based Schuepbach Energy’s in Nant and Villeneuve-de-Berg, were cancelled because both companies said they would use hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract the unconventional-gas resources. The government asked the holders of all 64 oil and gas licences in the country, 61 of which are for conventional exploration, to submit reports outlining how they intended to extract conventional or unconventional oil and gas. Any that planned to use fracking – a practice banned by the government earlier this year – had their permits revoked. The holders of the other

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