Anheuser-Busch presses Germany to ban fracking until groundwater safety guaranteed

There is no evidence that fracking has ever contaminated any groundwater anywhere.

Bloomberg reports:

German brewers called on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to block the tapping of shale gas by means of hydraulic fracturing, citing industry concerns that fracking could taint the purity of the country’s beer.

The Association of German Breweries, which represents companies including Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (ABI) (ABI) and Bitburger Braugruppe GmbH, rejected the government’s planned legislation on fracking until groundwater contamination can be safely excluded. They said the current proposals are inadequate to protect drinking water and hence risk infringing the country’s 500-year-old law on beer purity.

Read more at Bloomberg.

7 thoughts on “Anheuser-Busch presses Germany to ban fracking until groundwater safety guaranteed”

  1. As an Irish-American I would like to point out that many among us consider the phrase ‘German beer purity’ to be oxymoronic.

  2. And as an Ulster Scot/German-American, I ask, “Why don’t they say On-HOY-zer Boosh?”

  3. I gotta say, threatening the quality of German beer is much more important than a snail darter. On the other hand, when you want to stop someone else from getting rich, you’re supposed to have the burden of proof that the other person’s activity is a legitimate risk to you. As our host notes, all investigations of fracking have shown that it leaves water safe.

  4. H’m My name somehow got changed to 7. I assume I did something silly with the keyboard but I blame climate change.

  5. I’m deeply ashamed for the “mo” part of Mo2Tex. Oh, that’s right. On-HOY-zer Boosh is now a Belgian company.

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