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What the frack? SAVE OUR BEER!

Posted by on May. 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM
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German brewers warn fracking could hurt beer industry

BERLIN (Reuters) - German brewers have warned Chancellor Angela Merkel's government that any law allowing the controversial drilling technique known as fracking could damage the country's cherished beer industry.

The Brauer-Bund beer association is worried that fracking for shale gas, which involves pumping water and chemicals at high pressure into the ground, could pollute water used for brewing and break a 500-year-old industry rule on water purity.

Germany, home to Munich's annual Oktoberfest - the world's biggest folk festival which attracts around 7 million visitors - has a proud tradition of brewing and beer drinking.

Under the "Reinheitsgebot", or German purity law, brewers have to produce beer using only malt, hops, yeast and water.

"The water has to be pure and more than half Germany's brewers have their own wells which are situated outside areas that could be protected under the government's current planned legislation on fracking," said a Brauer-Bund spokesman.

"You cannot be sure that the water won't be polluted by chemicals so we have urged the government to carry out more research before it goes ahead with a fracking law," he added.

Germany is Europe's biggest producer of beer and has the third-largest per-capita consumption after the Czech Republic and Austria.

It is home to more than 1,300 breweries which produce about 5,000 different beers, enough for a drinker to try a new beer for 13.5 years, according to the Brauer-Bund.

With pressure mounting from German industry to at least look into the option of tapping its shale gas reserves, Merkel's center-right coalition is working on a law setting out the conditions for exploration that would protect certain areas.

Given resistance from opposition parties which could block the law in the upper house of parliament, it is unlikely that a law on fracking will be passed before an election in September.

by on May. 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM
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survivorinohio
by RenΓ© on May. 23, 2013 at 10:24 PM
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Fracking is bad, I will never believe any different.  Its just illogical to me to thing you can pump pressurized poison into the ground and not suffer consequences.

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on May. 23, 2013 at 10:48 PM
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 Agreed

Quoting survivorinohio:

Fracking is bad, I will never believe any different.  Its just illogical to me to thing you can pump pressurized poison into the ground and not suffer consequences.

 

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brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on May. 23, 2013 at 11:01 PM

BUMP!

wickedfiress
by Kellie on May. 24, 2013 at 6:17 AM

Water effect the taste of anything you make with it. 

I have a Pur filter that I keep on my counter at room temperature for two reasons:

1) I don't like drinking ice water unless it's really hot outside, something that I have not experienced since living in Alaska

2) I use it when I bake or cook, and even fill up ice trays.  Yes, I use filtered water for these things. The local water here tastes and smells bad. It's so full of chlorine that it seems like drinking pool water, blech! 

stormcris
by Christy on May. 24, 2013 at 7:12 AM
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Oh hell naw.

LOL

Get this around and fracking will become the worst thing since Nazis.

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