France extends shale oil, gas exploration ban to June

Reuters: French Prime Minister Francois Fillon extended a moratorium on research and drilling for shale oil and gas until mid-June, pending reports commissioned by the government to establish their impact on the environment. France has large oil and gas shale reserves, but projects have sparked controversy due to the possible impact on the environment caused by drilling techniques used on such deposits. The hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, technique involves injecting water, sand and chemicals into......

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