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Total Misleads Danish Authorities by Promising Full Fracking Control

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French energy giant Total misleads Danish authorities by promises to fully control the process of fracking at the shale gas exploration site in northern Jutland, mainland Denmark, non-governmental organization Frack Off told Sputnik on Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova – On Tuesday, the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) lifted a week-long ban on Total's fracking in the country, imposed over the usage of "Null Foam," a hazardous chemical product not approved by local authorities.

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According to DEA, Total said it would ensure that no future error occurred by introducing a number of new procedures to control the handling of chemicals, and provided the agency with a comprehensive report on the circumstances surrounding the violation of environmental restrictions.

"One of the most prolific myths touted by the industry, PR companies and politicians is that only certain chemicals or a limited number of chemicals will be used,” Hannah Walters, a Frack Off campaigner, told Sputnik.

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"The reality with this case, as with all others, is that these people are not chemists — what they are referring to are 'products' not chemicals,” she added.

According to Walters, each of these products contains a mixture of chemicals unknown to the end-user.

France has had a ban against fracking in place since 2011.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a technique of extracting shale gas and oil by injecting pressurized toxic liquid into the ground. Fracking opponents believe the technique increases the risk of ground water contamination.

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