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Denmark’s first taste of fracking halted by ministry

The Energy Ministry has brought a halt to exploratory drilling for shale gas near Vendsyssel in north Jutland just a day and a half after it started on Monday morning.

Total – the French company in charge of the drilling, which uses the controversial process known as fracking – has apparently used a chemical not authorised in environmental guidelines set out for the procedure by Frederikshavn Municipality.

The Energy Ministry ordered Total to stop drilling immediately, and work on the test wells may not resume until the unauthorised chemical used by the company (referred to by the Danish media as ‘Null Foam’) has been tested.

Denmark’s first taste of fracking halted by ministry