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Category: Natural Gas

France is Now First Nation to Ban 'Fracking'

As reported in the June 30 on-line edition of Le Monde, the French Parliament has voted to ban hydraulic fracturing — the natural gas extracting technique known popularly as ‘fracking’. The law had passed the National Assembly nine days earlier and then moved on to the Senate, where the measure passed by a small majority of 176 (yes) to 151 (no). This makes France the first nation to ban the controversial extraction technique.

Berlusconi's Nuclear Power Plans Get Defeated by Citizens

One of the big news stories of the day is a bright one for those concerned about nuclear power. In Italy, Silvio Berlusconi’s nuclear power plans got crushed by a public referendum when well over 90% of voters voted “Heck No!” (but yeah, not in those words).

Gov Study Confirms Toxic Chemicals Pumped into Wells During 'Fracking'

Between 2005 and 2009, oil and natural gas companies operating in 14 states injected hundreds of millions of gallons of toxic and/or carcinogenic chemical into natural gas wells, according to a recent investigation conducted by three House Democrats* and made public on Saturday.