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Sat Oct 12, 2013, 07:05 PM

France Cements Fracking Ban

A law prohibiting fracking for shale gas has been upheld by France's constitutional court, citing environmental protection

theguardian.com
Friday 11 October 2013 09.08 EDT



Anti-fracking protesters in La Petite Brosse, outside Paris.
Photograph: Pierre Andrieu/AFP/Getty Images


France's constitutional court has upheld a ban on hydraulic fracturing, ruling that the law against the energy exploration technique known as "fracking" is a valid means of protecting the environment. The court in Paris said on its website on Friday that the 2011 law "conforms to the constitution" and is not "disproportionate".

France banned fracking in 2011 and cancelled exploration licences held by companies including Schuepbach and Total SA, the country's biggest oil company, after protests by environmental groups.

Schuepbach Energy LLC, a Dallas-based explorer, complained to the court that the law was unfair after having two exploration permits revoked because of the ban. President François Hollande has said France won't allow exploration of shale gas energy even as the country seeks to reduce its reliance on nuclear energy and keep down costs for consumers.

"It's a judicial victory but also an environmental and political victory," French environment minister, Philippe Martin, said today after the ruling. "With this decision the ban on hydraulic fracturing is absolute."

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DeSwiss Oct 2013 OP
peoli Oct 2013 #1
DeSwiss Oct 2013 #2
BelgianMadCow Oct 2013 #3
DeSwiss Oct 2013 #5
BelgianMadCow Oct 2013 #7
DeSwiss Oct 2013 #9
BelgianMadCow Oct 2013 #10
Owl Oct 2013 #4
DeSwiss Oct 2013 #6
Spider Jerusalem Oct 2013 #8

Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 07:21 PM

1. God we are so backwards on environmental issues.

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Response to peoli (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 08:03 PM

2. We have a lot of things screwed up.....



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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 08:14 PM

3. They "cemented" it?

I hope that it's a good cement job, then. Kidding, I hope we take our cue from the French here in Belgium.

Wait for the TTIP for companies to sue France for perceived lost possible profits.

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Response to BelgianMadCow (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 10:53 PM

5. And they can always be counter-sued....

...for perceived possible loss of life. That way everything evens out.

- Or, we could just tell them to go fuck-a-duck. The world belongs to us, not them.

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 13, 2013, 05:42 AM

7. Duckfucking

sounds like good advice. Of course, we'd have to become conscious consumers first. Or just conscious
I do believe that is happening, actually.

It's pushback time.

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Response to BelgianMadCow (Reply #7)

Sun Oct 13, 2013, 05:48 AM

9. Way past pushback time!

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #9)

Sun Oct 13, 2013, 05:53 AM

10. True, but you know, I can no longer care whether it's too late, or too soon, or just in time

I have the feeling standing up and resisting is a moral imperative. I just can't NOT do it, regardless of whether it accomplishes anything. I could never look my kids in the eye if I didn't.

And indeed, the best part of waking up is, it's irreversible.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 08:14 PM

4. Wonderful! Congratulations France!

Wish we could do this in the US before it's too late for our environment.

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Response to Owl (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 10:58 PM

6. We can.

- The question is, will we?

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Sun Oct 13, 2013, 05:44 AM

8. The French aren't paranoid about nuclear energy.

Unlike Americans. Want fracking to go away in the US? Invest in nuclear and renewables for electric generation. All the new gas-fired power plants coming online need fuel, after all.

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