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EU to review fracking this year

12:09 PM MDT | May 21, 2013 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Union will review fracking and the environmental concerns over fracking's technique this year, EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger says in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt. Fracking involves the injection of water, sand, and chemicals into the ground at high pressures to open up the shale and release the gas. Critics in Europe say that fracking could lead to contamination of the water supply. "It is absolutely right to protect areas where there is drinking and groundwater, such as at Lake Constance. The EU will look...

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