Frederikshavn Council in Jutland has given the French oil and gas company Total a permit to establish a well in nearby Dybvad, clearing the way for the first shale gas well in Denmark – The Copenhagen Post reported today.
The council has spent close to 1,500 man hours debating the issue of shale gas exploration and commissioned a full-blown VVM-report to evaluate the environmental ramifications.
“We had a good and factual debate,” Birgit Stenbak Hansen, Frederikshavn’s mayor, told Jyllands-Posten newspaper. “I am pleased that we can move on in this case after preparing meticulously for the council.”
Anti-fracking demonstrations were held before the vote, which turned unequivocally in favour of shale drilling with only four out of 31 council members in Frederikshavn voting against the project.
According to the Environment Ministry and the energy authorities, Energistyrelsen, which both approved the project, there is no need for environmental concern.
“The VVM-report shows that there won’t be a notable effect on the environment,” said Anders Brandt Sørensen, the head of the planning and environment committee Plan- og Miljøudvalget. “So we won’t stop it.”
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