Bayer , Rheinbraun , Wintershall : Industry exerts influence on German authorities.

 Protest im Wendland: Auch die Bevölkerung hat Zweifel an der Sicherheit des Salzstock Gorleben. Quelle: Christian Fischer, Wikipedia | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Christian Fischer, public domain wikipedia [Public Domain] - Wikimedia

At the end of June 2016 it became known, through investigations undertaken by WDR, NDR and Süddeutsche Zeitung, that the Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) had for years been receiving questionable donations from the industry-affiliated Hans-Joachim Martini Foundation. The BGR undertakes important consulting and research services in relation to energy and climate issues for the federal government.   ... →

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.   ... →