14 September 2012 15:58 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--French President Francois Hollande on Friday reiterated ?xml:namespace>
Hollande said that given the current state of technology, fracking involved heavy environmental risks.
"Given the present state of our knowledge, no one can say that the exploration of shale gas by hydraulic fracturing – the only known technology today - is free of heavy risks to health and the environment," Hollande said in addressing a webcast environmental conference in
He added that he instructed
France's previous government under former President Nicolas Sarkozy had banned fracking because of its environmental risks.
At the conference, Hollande also said that the French government plans to close the country's old nuclear reactor at Fessenheim, near the borders to
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