German Beer-Makers Concerned About the Impact of Fracking on Beer Quality

Written by Michael Graham Richard

German brewers have sent a letter to various officials in Berlin to voice their concern that shale gas exploitation via fracking could endanger the water supply on which they depend, and thus violate the venerable “Beer Purity Law” (Reinheitsgebot) of 1516, the world’s first food purity law. They ask the German government for guarantees that their high-quality water supply will be protected, something that the government has not done so far, they say.

On the status of fracking in Germany, Der Spiegel writes:

Attempts at introducing legislation on fracking in Berlin have been postponed several times. In mid-May, Merkel’s cabinet agreed on a proposal to ban fracking in catchment areas for lakes, such as Lake Constance in southern Germany, that are drinking water sources. But several areas would be exempt from the ban.

Berlin wants to develop a law that would define the conditions under which the technology could be used in Germany. The fracking procedure is used to release shale gas from stone deposits deep in the earth. The process is controversial because, among other reasons, it involves the use of chemicals that could contaminate the water supply.

If you are curious about the beer purity law, here’s the whole story.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.


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Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Clara Hamill
Clara Hamill2 years ago

Nooo Not the beer. Funny but if it helps end fraking then good for the brewers.

Marianne Good
Past Member 2 years ago


Lisa Zilli
Lisa Zilli2 years ago

Yuck, glad I don't drink alcohol.

EcRo E.
ER C.2 years ago

Kinda unabhängigen aber sollte Amerika um das Weiße Haus werden Fracking.


Elizabeth Sowers
Liz Sowers2 years ago

I hope that sooner,rather than later, more and more come to realize that the fast amount of water poisoned by fracking is a far more valuable resource than oil will ever be. We need clean water.

Mary L.
Mary L.2 years ago

And in Detroit there are plans to frack the whole town. You know in the original Battlestar Galactica frack was used as a curse word... seems to me it still is.

John S.
Past Member 2 years ago

I don't care who stops it, as long as it is stopped.

Nils Anders Lunde

Typical, hundreds and thousands can die cause "we need oil", but when a singel company who produces big money is in jeopardy......., Wow rescue is in order and fast....... See how sick this world is? Of course "they say we need this oil because of work, oilsale, development of near by city`s and so forth. But what about the aftermath? Everything is NOT BACK TO WHAT IT WAS, it is far more worse for now the soil is killed and it is nothing you can do about it. It`s a little bit like nuclear waste disposal I say...........

Anna Undebeck
Anna Undebeck2 years ago