Spain "centralizes" fracking

Spain "centralizes" fracking

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The Constitutional Court has blocked the latest of series of laws proposed by local governments in opposition to the green light given by the Madrid government. The judges reiterated centrality along with the state's "competence" regarding the decision on oil exploration and extraction techniques

Spain’s Constitutional Court has thrown out a law against so-called "hydraulic fracturing" for the exploration and extraction of fossil fuels. The judges explained that the "authorization for the use of this technique‘ is within the "state’s competence" while the law was proposed from Catalonia, which is why they accepted the appeal presented to the central government. The Court has already nullified the antifracking laws approved by several local communities in opposition to the Madrid Government decision. Specifically, the court suspended the laws approved Cantabria, La Roja and Navarra, stating that both the "authorization" for fracking and the "declaration of its impact on the environment are to be determined by the State".