Cantabria announces ban on fracking as ecologists triumph

Spain is set to enact its first regional ban on producing natural gas using hydraulic fracturing, yielding to objections from environmental groups that so-called fracking risks polluting drinking water. In the northern Cantabria region, where energy companies say much of Spain’s gas exists in shale rock, the Parliament plans to vote April 8 on suspending the contested drilling technique “as long as current doubts on the technology remain,” according to the bill on the government’s Continue reading Cantabria announces ban on fracking as ecologists triumph

Explosion on board gas platform off coast of Almeria

The Medgaz floating platform which is assembling the Spain – Morrocco gas pipeline suffered an explosion in which at least 3 workers were killed this afternoon. The floating platform is believed to the most the largest and most advanced ship of its kind in the world, and was working off the coast of Algeria. It is believed to be an industrial accident caused, according to TV reports, by a fault in the wielding equipment. All Continue reading Explosion on board gas platform off coast of Almeria