Spain To Fight Province's Fracking Ban In Court

By Igor Kossov (January 24, 2014, 4:33 PM EST) -- The government of Spain will challenge the provincial government of Cantabria's ban on hydraulic fracturing in that region, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's cabinet said Friday.

In December, Spain made changes to its environmental rules, speeding up the project review process and specifically addressing shale drilling for the first time, which experts say will lead to a flurry of hydraulic fracturing activity. But locals have opposed the process, and Cantabria vowed to fight the central government to keep mining companies out of its shale.

"We are proposing compatibility between the laws of Cantabria and the state, because we're not saying that you...

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