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Fracking war: North Africa

Fracking war: North Africa

Some of the first protests against hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and natural gas drilling occurred in good ol’ Pennsylvania.  From there, they moved on to New York and across the seas to Europe.  Following New York’s footsteps, countries in Europe, including France, Germany and Bulgaria, dealt with the protests by applying fracking bans.  Other countries, such as South Africa, put moratoriums in place.  However, protests against hydraulic fracturing operations have now hit Algeria, a nation that is rich in oil and gas.

At the beginning of January, anti-fracking protests took a serious turn in In Salah, a small town in Algeria, and spread to neighboring towns in the area.  Despite the government’s announcement that further expansion in developing shale gas reserves has been halted–due to public concern of the environmental impacts–protests have continued on.

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