Le Figaro: French government open to explore Shale Gas extraction

9/12/2012

Le Figaro: French government open to explore shale gas extraction

BY GERALDINE AMIEL

PARIS -- The French government is open to explore shale gas extraction in France, French daily Le Figaro reports, a few days ahead of a government led conference on the country's energy mix.

The government could announce at its energy conference the creation of an ad-hoc commission to consider an experiment in shale gas extraction, the newspaper reports, citing a person close to the conference. No one at the environment and energy ministry was immediately available to comment.

Shale fracturing has been banned in France since last year after an intense public campaign by environmentalists who warned of potential pollution to water tables and damage to the landscape.

Dow Jones Newswires

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