Total appeals French shale gas ban

Revenue from fracking could help keep the European socialist-welfare state alive, n’cest pas?

The Connexion reports,

Oil giant Total has lodged an appeal against the withdrawal of its permit to drill exploratory wells for shale gas in the south of France.

The government withdrew drilling permissions in October after widescale summer protests about the environmental impact of the only known technique for exploiting shale gas, hydraulic fracturing.

Total Gas Shale Europe managing director Bruno Courme said at a press conference in Paris that Total “respects the law” however, he added, “our position is that the law does not justify the withdrawal of our permits”…