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No Fracking in Germany for Now Backed in Merkel Coalition

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic bloc and the Social Democratic Party agreed to a temporary ban on exploring unconventional natural gas reserves in Germany until environmental issues are resolved.

Coalition negotiators decided that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, using toxic chemicals can’t be done in Germany because the practice may threaten the quality of the country’s drinking water, Deputy Environment Minister Katherina Reiche and the SPD’s Ute Vogt told reporters today in Berlin.