Help from Germany: Firms Could Soon Provide Gas to Ukraine

Help from Germany: Firms Could Soon Provide Gas to Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2014

Ukraine's dependence on gas from Russia has often been used as a political weapon by Moscow in conflicts with its neighbor. German companies are now considering how Western European gas could be rerouted to Kiev if the Kremlin decides to cut supplies. By Frank Dohmen more... Comment ]

Purity Concerns: German Beer Brewers Foaming over Fracking

Purity Concerns: German Beer Brewers Foaming over Fracking

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 23, 2013

Forget environmental concerns: When it comes to fracking, Germans are worried about how it might affect beer quality. In a letter to several ministries in Berlin, brewers expressed concern that the exploitation of shale gas could contaminate water supplies and thus violate the beer purity law of 1516. more... Comment ]

Gas Guidelines: Berlin Agrees on Fracking Regulations

Gas Guidelines: Berlin Agrees on Fracking Regulations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 26, 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on Monday took an important step toward establishing regulations for fracking, the controversial method of exploiting unconventional gas deposits. A natural gas boom similar to the one in the US seems unlikely. more... Comment ]

Un-Natural Gas: Fracking Set to Shake Up German Campaign

Un-Natural Gas: Fracking Set to Shake Up German Campaign

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2013

Germans are wary of fracking, but that hasn't stopped Berlin from moving ahead to create legal guidelines for the controversial natural gas extraction method. The opposition is up in arms and the issue could dog Chancellor Merkel as she campaigns for re-election. By Lazar Backovic, Michael Kröger and Annett Meiritz more... Comment ]

Gas Bonanza for Germany? Berlin Wants to Fast-Track Fracking

Gas Bonanza for Germany? Berlin Wants to Fast-Track Fracking

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 08, 2013

Germany's governing coalition wants to quickly put an end to a virtual moratorium on the controversial shale gas extraction method of fracking in the country, SPIEGEL has learned. Officials want to have plans finished before the federal election this autumn. more... Comment ]

Fear of Fracking: Germany Balks on Natural Gas Bonanza

Fear of Fracking: Germany Balks on Natural Gas Bonanza

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 05, 2012

Using a method known as "fracking," Germany could exploit domestic sources to meet its natural gas needs for 20 years. But safety worries have prompted government authorities to refrain from granting the permits that companies need to use the controversial technique. By Christian Wüst more... Comment ]

Energy Revolution Interruptus: Germany Stalled on the Expressway to a Green Future

Energy Revolution Interruptus: Germany Stalled on the Expressway to a Green Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 23, 2012

Germany's energy revolution has hardly begun, but it's already running out of steam. There is a lack of political decisiveness and companies are complaining of a dearth of incentives to invest billions in necessary infrastructure. Progress or no progress, taxpayers continue footing the bill. By Frank Dohmen, Alexander Jung, Michael Sauga and Andreas Wassermann more...

'Norway's Moon Landing': Massive Carbon-Capture Facility Spawns Skepticism and Hope

'Norway's Moon Landing': Massive Carbon-Capture Facility Spawns Skepticism and Hope

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 11, 2012

The world's largest facility for filtering carbon dioxide out of industrial emissions was inaugurated in Norway this week. While some see it as a godsend in efforts to reach environmental targets, others find the technology too dangerous and expensive. By Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Nein Danke: German Government to Oppose Fracking

Nein Danke: German Government to Oppose Fracking

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2012

Berlin is opposed to plans to use the controversial fracking process to extract natural gas in Germany, SPIEGEL has learned. Government ministers are "very skeptical" about the technology, which environmentalists claim can pollute groundwater. more...

Elgin Leak Points to Drilling Risks: Perils and Price Rise in Hunt for Natural Gas

Elgin Leak Points to Drilling Risks: Perils and Price Rise in Hunt for Natural Gas

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 02, 2012

The Elgin natural gas drilling operation was highly dangerous but fruitful -- until it sprung an unexpected leak that nearly caused an environmental disaster. The out-of-control situation highlights increasingly risky "extreme drilling" efforts to extract the valuable fuel from deep below the North Sea. By Marco Evers more...