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France becomes first country to ban extraction of natural gas by fracking

The French parliament voted on June 30 to ban the controversial technique for extracting natural gas from shale rock deposits known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the web sites of Le Monde and other French media reported.The bill had already passed the National Assembly, the country's lower chamber, on June 21, and on June 30 a Senate vote of 176 to 151 made France the first country to enact such a ban, just as New York State is preparing to lift a moratorium on the same method.The vote was divided along party lines, with the majority conservative party voting in favor and the opposition voting against the bill, according to Le Monde ...

June 30, 2011 — Davide Castelvecchi
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