Denmark and fracking

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The Scandinavian Alum Shale (the SAS) stretches from central Sweden through Norway, Denmark and back to the south of Sweden. The SAS has been chosen as one of three target formations for the research project GASH (Gas Shales for Europe). Estimates of shale gas reserves technically recoverable in Denmark are about 23 trillion cubic feet.[1]

Denmark handed out two exploration licenses for fracking in 2013, with the drilling planned for 2014 after environmental studies are conducted. According to the firm Vinson & Elkins, "it is believed that any play in the Danish part of the SAS would be a high-risk play."[1]

A critical view is reflected in national media,[2] and national campaigns against shale gas have started.[3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 "Shale development in Denmark," Vinson and Elkins, accessed Sep. 2013.
  2. "Denmark attempts controversial gas", (July 23, 2011). Retrieved on 2011-07-30. 
  3. Protest campaign: "Shale gas no thanks,"

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