German government bans unconventional fracking

 Protest gegen Frackingvorhaben in Deutschland. ©Uwe Hiksch | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Uwe Hiksch [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] - flickr

On June 24, the German Bundestag addressed the issue of fracking, in particular to address and distinguish conventional from unconventional fracking. While conventional fracking has been applied in Germany for a long time, there is now a ban on the unconventional degradation in slate, clay, and coal seem rock due to the Water Resources Act. Existing regulations for fracking in sandstone (conventional fracking) were tightened up in relation to drinking water protection, and the application of fracking technology has also been prohibited in sensitive areas such as national parks and water points.   ... →

Bundestag Round Table

Round Table "Investment in Streumunition", Deutscher Bundestag, 22.9.2011 Round Table "Investment in Streumunition", Deutscher Bundestag, 22.9.2011 | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Facing Finance

On September 22, FACING FINANCE organised a round table titled „Ban investments in cluster munition and anti-personnel mines“ in the German Bundestag in cooperation with Uta Zapf, Director of the subcommittee on disarmament, arms control and non-dissemination. At a first information meeting at the Bundestag, the so called „Parliamentarian ‘ Breakfast“ in May 2011, delegates had called for more dialogue with German financial institutions and reports of other countries which had already adopted measures to prohibit the production of cluster munition.   ... →