2 Days Was All It Took for Denmark to Stop Fracking

A fracking rig. (Image: DECCgovuk via Compfight cc)
A fracking rig. (Image: DECCgovuk via Compfight cc)

Using an unauthorized chemical was all it took for Denmark to stop the first exploratory drilling for shale gas in their country. The French company Total has been accused of using a chemical that they had not put on their initial list of products used.

Ture Falbe-Hansen, a Danish Energy Agency spokesman said: “They used a product that was not part of those authorized” for the procedure, wrote AFP.

The Danish public broadcaster DR said the product, known as Null Foam, which is used in the so-called fracking process to extract shale gas, was considered to be an environmental hazard.

“We have emphasized that the conditions stated in the drilling permit must be respected,” said a director of the Danish Energy Agency, Martin Hansen, after a meeting with Total. “We have also asked for an account of the sequence of events that occurred,” wrote IndustryWeek.

The drilling project leader for Total, Henrik Nicolaisen, said the chemical was not illegal.

It was left off the initial list of products used at the site “because we did not expect it would be a problem,” IndustryWeek went on to write.

“We have been in dialogue with both the municipality and the Danish Energy Agency since February, and we felt that we had a common understanding that the substance could be used,” he told public broadcaster DR.

Environmental committee chairman of Frederikshavn Council Anders Brandt Sørensen said to broadcaster DR, Total’s use of the non-approved product “makes [him] very mad.” “We will simply not accept this kind of violation of our EIA [environmental impact assessment],” wrote RT.

One has to ask why they would leave the Null Foam product off the list after there were strong protests from the local community and environmentalists toward fracking.

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