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German Government Opposes Shale Gas Production, Der Spiegel Says

May 06, 2012

German Economy Minister Philipp Roesler and Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen agreed to currently oppose shale gas production in the country, Der Spiegel reported, citing unidentified government officials.

There are several issues that need to be examined with the technique of hydraulic fracturing, Roesler told people close to him, the Hamburg-based news magazine said in an e-mailed summary of an article.

The technique known as fracking involves forcing chemically treated water and sand underground to break rock and let trapped gas flow.

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