Green Denmark Gives Green Light For Fracking
The first shale gas well in Denmark is on the brink of becoming a reality following the confirmation that Frederikshavn Council in Jutland has given the French oil and gas company Total a permit to establish a well in nearby Dybvad.
The council has been deliberating over the process since 2012, spending close to 1,500 man hours looking into the issue of shale gas drilling. The process was so thorough that for the first time in Danish history, a full-blown VVM-report was commissioned to evaluate the environmental ramifications.
“We had a good and factual debate,” Birgit Stenbak Hansen, Frederikshavn’s mayor, told Jyllands-Posten newspaper. “I am pleased that we can move on in this case after preparing meticulously for the council.”