Germany ‘readies new fracking rules’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses guests during a ceremony to inaugurate the new US embassy building in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on July 4, 2008. German Chancellor Angela Merkel slammed a request by Barack Obama to give a speech this month before the Brandenburg Gate as "inappropriate", her deputy spokesman said on July 9, 2008. AFP PHOTO JOHN MACDOUGALL

Germany plans to soon draw up new rules for shale gas fracturing, with new guidelines to include environmental audits, according to a report.

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