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France’s unsustainable hypocrisy on fracking will very likely, per inevitably, lead to the development of French shale gas with implications for New York.
There is a special wound on my heart marked Gaz de Schiste: French shale gas. Fortunately, and contemporaneously with the UK, which seems to be finally stirring, the debate will inevitably evolve in France. There is a particular French term “La Rentrée” which signifies not only the return to school, but to business and cultural life in general. It will be an especially political one this year in the primary campaigns to get candidates this year, and the first and second rounds of the Presidential Election in April and May.
I’m interested in the commercial aspects of the French shale question for France itself, but also for the natural gas industry advocacy campaign world-wide. Of all the outdated objections to shale, “France has banned shale gas” is the one that may be as impermanent as the others. There’s only two people of any consequence keeping the ban going. One is President Hollande and the other is Mme Royal, his former partner and mother to his children. For reasons totally unconnected with shale, it’s unlikely that either of them will re-enter in 2017. That will then help shale in France, the UK, New York State and everywhere else. Here’s hoping, here’s trying and heres’s waiting.