The German government has tabled a draft law permitting fracking in the country, EurActiv Germany reports.
After a long debate over the use of the technology, the federal government issued a draft law allowing the controversial gas extraction method under certain conditions and in isolated cases.
Environment minister Barbara Hendricks made every effort to dispel concerns, but many environmental protectionists remain sceptical.
The draft law allows fracking in shale and coal bedrock starting at a depth of 3,000m. In addition, the method is permitted for testing purposes above 3,000m.
A body of six experts selected by the government will decide whether or not the risks related to fracking above 3,000m are controllable and should be allowed for commercial purposes.