In spite of President Hollande essentially maintaining his promise to resist pressures to proceed with fracking en France, leading proponents within the industry still hope to apply leverage to the situation. To amplify their message they have formed CHNC - le Centre Hydrocarbures Non Conventionnels and will formally announce it's creation on the 10th February. Former ExxonMobil mining engineer Jean-Louis Schilansky, until December 2014 the President of the French Union of Petroleum Industries ( UFIP ) will lead the new organisation. Founding members of CHNC include Total, GDF Suez, Vallourec, Solvay, Air Liquide, Vinci, Arkema, Technip, Bureau Veritas and Suez Envrironment.
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