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Merkel Set to Pass Legislation Banning Gas Fracking in Germany

  • Rules would halt non-conventional drilling technique
  • Gas extraction still permitted under some conditions

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition is set to ban shale gas fracking in Germany, passing legislation in parliament on Friday that is set to end years of discussion over whether the nation should follow the U.S. in launching a boom in drilling.

Merkel’s coalition of Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats will use their majority to amend natural gas extraction rules, in effect banning the unconventional method of tapping oil and gas deposits not reachable with traditional methods, according to a draft bill obtained by Bloomberg News. Conventional fracking that doesn’t involve extraction from shale may be continued to be practiced under strict rules, the draft shows.