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French Court Upholds Ban on Fracking

Members of the Greens/European Free Alliance group of the European Parliament hold banners reading 'stop fracking' in France.(PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Clare Foran
October 11, 2013

A French constitutional court has moved to keep a ban on fracking on the books, Bloomberg reports.

The Court's decision, announced Friday, found that a 2011 law banning hydraulic fracturing did not violate the French Constitution. The ruling comes after Dallas-based energy company Schuepbach Energy challenged the statute after two of the company's permits for shale-gas exploration were voided under the law.

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

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