Fracking Threatens German Beer Supply
Breweries rely on underground wells
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A new law that would legalize fracking in Germany could risk destroying something much more important than the environment: The world’s supply of German beer. According to a statement from the country’s Brauer-Bund beer association, chemicals left over from fracking could pollute the underground wells that supply more than half of Germany’s breweries with water.
“You cannot be sure that the water won’t be polluted by chemicals,” said a Brauer-Bund spokesman, “so we have urged the government to carry out more research before it goes ahead witht he fracking law.
With more than 1,300 breweries, Germany is Europe’s largest beer producer.