German brewers force fracking limits

Following strong lobbying from Germany’s brewers’ association, the government is to tighten laws on fracking to protect water sources for beer production.

German-beerLobbying of Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks by the influential brewers’ association over the past year appears to have borne fruit. The association has been calling for the government to strengthen legal protection on water sources to cover private brewers’ wells and mineral springs.

A spokesman for the environment ministry, speaking to The Guardian, says it now intends to “considerably tighten” legislation around fracking. However, Germany’s previous government was unable to pass similar legislation last year, failing to gain approval in the upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat. However, regional governments also have powers to block fracking.

Brewers in the German town of Lünne in Lower Saxony have joined calls to block fracking in their region, believing that their town may become the first location in Germany where the controversial procedure may be allowed. Lower Saxony contains the majority of the country’s shale resources and already has a large amount of natural gas production. Energy company ExxonMobil also carried out a test drill close to the town in 2011.

Friederike Borchert, whose family brewery in Lünne produces some 800,000 litres of beer per year, told The Guardian: “Germany is a beer nation: if their beer has no flavour, people will mount the barricades”

She added: “For brewers, fracking could spell the end of our existence”, explaining that water used for brewing has to be “even cleaner than drinking water”.

2 Responses to “German brewers force fracking limits”

  1. Come and see all the families with water contamination since gas drilling near their homes in my county of Susquehanna in Pa.., USA…
    you might have to get used to the taste of barium, aluminum, arsenic, strontium, radium, chlorides in your water and beer if you let fracking in your region ….

    Come and see the Harmed and damages here ; We give Citizen Gas Tours and show you around…
    With fracking also comes compressor Stations and high-pressure pipelines and the compressor stations belch out tons of toxic emissions that go into the air and fall on the soil.
    that will further enhance the flavor of your beers….
    The Gas Industry will always assure you have nothing to worry about ;
    They tell us they know fully what they are doing.
    Prost and drink up……Vera Scroggins, Citizens for Clean Water, veraduerga@yahoo.com

  2. Paul Bodnick says:

    good news

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