Australia’s fracking opponents have won some victories. Victoria State, which includes Melbourne, put a moratorium on fracking in 2012 that is still in effect. New South Wales, the state that includes Sydney, has placed some restrictions on fracking methods.
Bulgaria becomes the second European country after France to ban test drilling for shale gas using the controversial "fracking" method. Bulgaria becomes the second European country after France to ban test drilling for shale gas using the controversial "fracking" method.
Jeremy Carl and David Sandalow have mixed reviews for China's leaders as they ramp up fracking to reduce the country's coal burning and end the stigma of being the world’s largest GHG emitter. Progress has been painfully slow as huge, state-run oil companies try to copy the rapid and nimble rise of the US shale-gas industry.
German politicians have approved a law that bans fracking, ending years of dispute over the controversial technology to release oil and gas locked deep underground. The law does not outlaw conventional drilling for oil and gas, leaving it to state governments to decide on individual cases.
Whether you are pro- or anti-fracking, consider that some places on the planet may be worse places than others to use the new technology to extract natural gas. The debate about this controversial topic is really heating up in Ireland now -- a place where activists say it would be particularly dangerous to drill as it is full of aquifers. I interviewed Leah Doherty of No Fracking Ireland to better understand what people are worried about on the Emerald Isle.