Bulgaria’s government approved a temporary moratorium on shale gas exploration after massive protests in several cities. (Source: Novinite.com)  

That said, the temporary moratorium seems more like a tactical manoeuvre to split the opposition movement than a real ban.

France has a moratorium on shale gas in place since July 2011 but exploration has already started in several other European countries (Poland, Germany, UK and others). A recent report by Ernst & Young “Shale gas in Europe: revolution or evolution gives an overview of the shale gas situation in Europe.

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