The German government is prepared to give the go-ahead to the revolutionary oil and gas technique of "fracking" in Germany, but under certain conditions, according to a ministry paper obtained by AFP on Tuesday. Under a draft proposal by the economy and environment ministries, fracking would be banned in areas where there are water reserves and mineral springs. This is a concession to public opinion where there are serious concerns about safety, as well as the environmental and health effects of the technology. Rigorous studies into the environmental impact would be undertaken at each proposed site, the paper said. "Domestic oil and gas production will continue to make a substantial contribution to the security of supply and price stability in Germany," as the country has pledged to abandon nuclear energy entirely by 2022, the ministries said.
I kinda admire the way Merkel handled the whole thing. First she makes a serious speech outlining all the concerns and making it sound as though any sort of approval is highly unlikely. Then a week later a subunit of the government announces that they are going to approve it.