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.
The UK has announced it's to set up a wealth fund from the proceeds of the fracking industry. Communities would benefit, but many question whether fossil fuels like shale gas are the way forward. Nicole Goebel reports.
New York state governor Andrew Cuomo has said an existing ban on hydraulic fracturing will be extended after a review found unresolved health risks and unclear economic benefits of the widely-used drilling technique.
Falling oil prices are a double blessing for Beijing but a continuing reliance on imports would be a fatal error for China, says DW columnist Frank Sieren.
Oil prices have slumped recently as the world's biggest oil producers refuse to cut output. The drop is undermining the US shale oil industry's profits, soon after it made the US the world's number 1 oil producer.
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