French Court Upholds Ban on Fracking

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Members of the Greens/European Free Alliance group of the European Parliament hold banners reading 'stop fracking' before a vote in a plenary session of the European parliament on two initiative reports on shale gas, in Strasbourg, eastern France, on November 21, 2012. 
National Journal
Clare Foran
Oct. 11, 2013, 4:17 a.m.

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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