BDEW on natural gas from unconventional gas deposits:

Production must be safe and compatible with the environment

Sector demands differentiated consideration depending on the subsoil and the areas’ importance in terms of water management

At today’s hearing of the German Bundestag's Committee on the Environment, the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW) presented for the first time the sector’s position on the production of gas from unconventional deposits that was elaborated cooperatively with the companies of the gas and water sectors. "BDEW basically advocates natural gas production from unconventional deposits on condition that it is safe and environmentally compatible. We demand a differentiated consideration of concrete measures depending on the subsoil and the importance of the areas concerned in terms of water management", Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the BDEW General Executive Management Board emphasized.

According to the BDEW Position Paper, particular attention has to be paid to two points concerning gas production from unconventional deposits. "First, the safety of drinking water resources must not be jeopardized. Drinking water is the primary necessity for life in Germany. The high safety standard of drinking water supply therefore is of substantial importance to public health", the sector association underlined. This safety is guaranteed by the companies represented within the BDEW in cooperation with the responsible public health authorities and environmental agencies.

"Second, natural gas production from unconventional deposits must be possible unless it conflicts with environmental and safety issues", the Position Paper pointed out. The Paper stated that natural gas was a currently available highly efficient energy source needed to implement the energy turnaround and to achieve the German Federal Republic’s climate targets. Without the use of natural gas it was not possible to realize the ambitious goals with regard to CO2 savings and the energy concept.


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