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Bundestag Debate About Fracking Bill Postponed Until Autumn

The debate about a legislative package regulating the controversial fracking technology seems to become an never ending story. The ruling coalition government composed of Conservatives (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) has withdrawn bills concerning the controversial fracking technology. Parliament (Bundestag) was supposed to debate this Friday. The withdrawal is due to concern from within the parties, in particular against the involvement of an expert commission. The bill shall now be submitted to Parliament in autumn media sources say.

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Federal Cabinet Approves Legislative Package on Fracking

Yesterday the coalition government formed by the conservative CDU and CSU parties as well as the Social Democrats (SPD) adopted a legislative package regulating the controversial fracking technology. The bill in several ways departs from the established permitting system for oil and gas exploration and production, making it more difficult (if not impossible in practice) to use fracking for unconventional gas in Germany.

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Strong Response to Consultation on Proposed German Fracking Legislation

Following written consultation on a legislative package to regulate the fracking technology, the sixteen German states (Länder) and almost fifty associations participated in an oral hearing held by the Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) and the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) on 11 and 12 February 2015.

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Fracking Bill to be Submitted to Parliament in Q1 2015

A bill regulating the controversial fracking technology shall be submitted to Parliament in the first quarter of 2015, the government announced today in a meeting of the Committee for Economics and Energy. There had been rumours in June this year  that a bill would be presented to Parliament soon.

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Federal Council: Proposal to Restrict Fracking

On 11 July 2014 the Federal Council also decided in a plenary session to refer a fracking proposal on to its committees. The federal states Schleswig-Holstein, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Hessen had introduced a proposal to amend the German Federal Mining Act, intended to restrict natural gas production by means of fracking.

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EEG 2.0: Legislative Process on Track

After the Bundestag has voted on the EEG revision on 27 June, now only the Federal Council (Bunderat) has to approve the revision. The decision of the Federal Council has been scheduled for July 11.

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New German Fracking Law Before the Summer Recess?

The ruling Conservative/Social Democrat Coalition is planning to establish a legal framework for the controversial fracking technology before the summer break, various media report refering to information by the news agency dpa that claims to be in possession of a letter by Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) to the head of the parliamentary budget committee Gesine Lötzsch (Linke) on the matter. No information was provided on how the matter shall be dealt with during the remaining short period of time.

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European Parliament Wants All New Fracking Projects to Pass Environmental Impact Assessment

The European Parliament wants to make all exploration and hydraulic fracturing extraction activities for non-conventional hydrocarbons subject to environmental impact studies and amend existing EU legislation accordingly. Parliament also voted in favour of measures to prevent conflicts of interest and to ensure that the public is informed and consulted.

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Coalition Government Not to Submit Fracking Bill to Parliament

The Conservative/Liberal government finally decided not to agree on a bill to regulate fracking, media reports say. Hence a proposal agreed on by the Economics Ministry lead by Liberal Economics Minister Philipp Rösler and the Environment Ministry lead by Conservative Peter Altmaier in February will not be voted on in parliament.

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