In view of the energy crisis, Federal Minister of Finance Christian Lindner has once again advocated rapid entry into natural gas production in Germany using so-called fracking.
"We have significant gas deposits in Germany that can be extracted without endangering drinking water," said the FDP chairman to the newspapers of the Funke media group. "The promotion is also responsible under ecological conditions." Lindner demanded: "We have to approach the funding quickly".
Fracking poses environmental risks
Fracking is a extraction method that uses pressure and liquids to extract gas or oil from rock strata, which poses environmental risks. However, some experts consider the method now used to be responsible. There is also criticism of liquefaction through strong cooling because, according to environmentalists, this costs up to 25 percent of the energy content of the gas.
Lindner has previously spoken out in favor of the funding method. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens), on the other hand, reject getting into fracking. Scholz, for example, told the "Welt am Sonntag" last week: "Previous federal governments have examined these projects. The local resistance was so great that they were never implemented." Fracking is also not necessary in Germany, said Scholz.