French Fracking Ban Survives Constitutional Challenge

Law360, New York (October 11, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT) -- France's Constitutional Council on Friday upheld the country's ban on hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas, rejecting claims by Texas-based Schuepbach Energy LLC that the prohibition enacted by French lawmakers in 2011 was unconstitutional.

Schuepbach, which has backing from Dallas-based private equity firm CIC Partners LP and had exploration permits revoked after the ban, claimed that the fracking prohibition was unfair and violated its property and enterprise rights.

However, the Constitutional Council, which has the final word on the constitutionality of laws enacted by the French...
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