A natural gas well is drilled near Canton, in Bradford County, Pennsylvania

 
A natural gas well is drilled near Canton, in Bradford County, Pennsylvania
File picture shows a natural gas well drilled near Canton, in Bradford County, Pennsylvania January 8, 2012. Opposition to shale gas from Germany's powerful environmental lobby is sparking fears that major industries in Europe's largest economy will lose out to U.S. rivals tapping cheaper energy. Opponents to the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used to drill for shale are stepping up their arguments about the environmental risks it could pose while industry leaders urge the government to draw up rules to allow exploration. Picture taken January 8, 2012. TO MATCH STORY GERMANY-FRACKING/ REUTERS/Les Stone/File