The German Federal Government has now produced a regulation proposal that aims to allow fracking in Germany. This draft is, however, facing criticism from environmental associations, which claim that it is incomplete and risky. According to these associations, the government should focus on the implementation of the energy transition instead of researching further fossil resources. Although the debate on fracking went back and forth for a long time, the decision has now been made to allow the extraction of gas in Germany using the controversial mining method. The new directive from the German Federal Government states that fracking will be permitted in individual cases under certain conditions.
According to a report published on the website EurActiv, the German Federal Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, has done everything possible to dispel doubts over the controversial gas extraction technology. The report quotes the SPD politician as saying that „in this bill, we are presenting the strictest regulations ever to be stipulated in the field of fracking“. She goes on to explain that fracking will only be permitted under the strictest of conditions giving top priority to the environment and drinking water and that this will not apply until 2019 at the earliest because experience still needs to be gained from trial drillings up to this point. Fracking activities in water and nature protection areas are also a no-go.