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.”