Caixin OnlineEnvironment Environmental Frets as Frackers Move In
11.20.2012 12:59

Environmental Frets as Frackers Move In

A State Council paper and drilling rights auctions have started a shale gas rush some say imperils China's environment
By staff reporter Wang Xiaocong

(Beijing) -- Adding an environmental standard to a law book takes at least three years in China, which helps explain why the State Council's decision to fast-track the nation's fledgling shale gas industry is making a lot of people nervous.

China has no rules to protect groundwater and other resources from the potentially harmful side-effects of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." A Ministry of Environmental Protection source said the agency would need three to five years to write one.

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