Poland has long had problems finding reliable gas imports - particularly from suppliers in the East. Now the government is turning to the controversial method of fracking to tap shale gas reserves.
Fracking is big business, especially in Poland. Estimates did suggest the country may be sitting on a gas supply that could cover domestic needs for the next 300 years and end the country's dependence on Russian imports.
France's Constitutional Council has thrown out corporate complaints against a national anti-fracking law in place since July 2011. The ruling came as a setback for a US company hoping to tap shale gas and oil deposits.
While other countries are turning away from nuclear power, the Polish government plans to boost the use of atomic energy in a bid to move to a greener future. But, the plans aren’t popular among the country’s population.
The natural gas industry is growing rapidly in the US. But behind the boom is a global tangle of interests in which, for example, Germany's move to abandon nuclear power has effects on rural Americans.
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