[JURIST] France Constitutional Council [official website, in French] on Friday upheld [text, in French] France's ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking [JURIST feature], finding that banning the controversial natural gas extraction process is a valid means of protecting the environment. The issue was brought before the council by representatives of Schuepbach Energy [corporate website], a US based energy explorer that had two exploration permits revoked because of the ban. Fracking was banned in France [EIA country profile] in 2011. French...

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