In 2010 Total E and P Denmark B.V. and Danish state owned company Nordsofonden were granted licenses for onshore shale gas explorations in Denmark. These were to be done in two geographical areas in Denmark; one in North Jutland and the other one in North Zealand.
Since the process used to extract shale gas, hydraulic fracturing (popularly 'fracking'), is known to carry negative environmental and human health risks (most notably through groundwater contamination), and because shale gas extraction is a very resource intensive process (it requires a lot of water and transportation), and finally because, from an environmentalist point of view, it is essentially just another fossil fuel, which will delay a clean energy transition in Denmark and contribute further to climate change, 'fracking' is receiving criticism and resistance from Danish environmentalist groups.
In 2011 the Danish climate justice group Copenhagen Climate Collective began campaigning and mobilising preventive resistance to fracking in Denmark.
Later Greenpeace Denmark and Dansk Naturfredningsforening (the Danish Society for Nature Conservation) issued public statements, where they criticised Danish shale gas exploration projects and took a clear anti-fracking stand.
Currently Skifergas - Nej Tak ! (Shale gas - No Thanks!) is the main anti-fracking player in Denmark.
Skifergas - Nej Tak! is a campaign platform or process that facilitates collaboration between the diverse local anti-fracking groups/organisations/individuals in Denmark, herein representatives from the communities living in the locations where shale-gas extraction is planned to take place.