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Lower Saxony rejects Söder's idea for fracking gas from the north


The Bavarian Prime Minister is thinking aloud about natural gas fields in the north, but his counterpart in Lower Saxony, Weil, counters: "Dear Markus Söder, how about wind power in Bavaria?"

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Demonstrators protest in Lower Saxony against possible gas production through fracking

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The advice of Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) to examine the use of fracking gas in northern Germany has been rejected by top politicians in Lower Saxony.

"Is it still okay?!" Asked Söder's Lower Saxony counterpart Stephan Weil (SPD) via Twitter.

"Dear Markus Söder, how about wind power in Bavaria?" he added.

Fracking, which is banned in Germany, uses pressure and chemicals to extract gas or oil from rock layers, which poses environmental risks.

In the "Süddeutsche Zeitung", Söder had raised the question of the use of domestic gas reserves in view of the energy shortage as a result of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.

“Nobody wants yesterday’s fracking.

But it makes sense to check whether there are new and environmentally friendly methods," said the CSU boss.

“According to experts, there are large natural gas fields in Lower Saxony in particular,” he added.

Lower Saxony's Environment Minister Olaf Lies (SPD) then replied that Markus Söder was "making himself the king of Nimbys".

The acronym Nimby is made up of the English sentence »not in my backyard«.

It refers to people who propose something but don't want to implement it themselves or on themselves.

A few days ago, Lower Saxony's Economics Minister and CDU top candidate for the state elections on October 9, Bernd Althusmann, spoke out against fracking and referred to the current legal ban.

Debate on nuclear power plants called for

The politicians also commented on the debate about the possible continued operation of nuclear power plants.

According to a statement on Sunday, Lies called for an objective, fact-based discussion of the stretching operation of the nuclear power plants.

He considers this variant, in which nuclear power plants are operated longer with fuel rods still available, to be conceivable for the still active Bavarian Isar II reactor.

At the Lingen nuclear power plant in Lower Saxony, Lies doesn't see it that way, he recently told NDR Info.

He spoke out against an extension of the term.

Söder, who is in favor of such an extension, is reaping the fruits of his own “energy policy failures in recent years.

And they taste bitter to him.”

Lower Saxony's Economics Minister advocated letting the three German nuclear power plants still connected to the grid run longer.

In principle, the nuclear phase-out should not be questioned, he said.

In view of the looming gas and electricity shortages, however, people expected pragmatic solutions to get through the winter safely.

"In this respect, one should not rule out an option that is obvious," said Althusmann.

A stretching operation is absolutely necessary.


Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2022-07-31

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