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Total to prospect for shale gas in France without fracking

13 Sep 2011 15:29:24 | esgm

Total wants to prospect for shale gas in France without using the banned hydraulic fracturing method, the French oil and gas producer has reported.

Total filed a report to French authorities regarding a revised work programme for their Montélimar licence.

"The work program described in the report does not envisage the use of the hydraulic fracturing technique," Total commented.

Both the upper and lower houses of France's parliament approved the ban of the controversial hydraulic fracturing process for shale gas exploration, citing environmental concerns (see ESGM 01 July 2011).

Total won the exploration licence in the Montélimar region of southern France in 2010 for a five-year period, however, due to the ban, the company has begun to assess other regions, including Poland, where it is jointly exploring with US ExxonMobil.

Total also has two exploration permits for shale gas in Denmark.

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