European Commission Publishes Guidelines on Shale Gas ExplorationSource: Shale Energy Insider | 28 January 2014
The European Commission (EC) has adopted a recommendation aiming to ensure that proper environmental and climate safeguards are in place for hydraulic fracturing—the high-volume technique used notably in shale gas operations. According to the EC, the recommendation should help all member states wishing to use this practice address health and environmental risks and improve transparency for citizens. It also lays the groundwork for a level playing field for industry and establishes a clearer framework for investors.
The recommendation is accompanied by a communication that considers the opportunities and challenges of using hydraulic fracturing to extract hydrocarbons. Both documents are part of a wider initiative by the EC to put in place an integrated climate and energy policy framework for the period up to 2030.