EC consults on shale gas ahead of review

The European Commission’s environment department is seeking stakeholders’ views on the benefits and risks associated with shale gas exploitation

The European Commission’s environment department is seeking stakeholders’ views on the benefits and risks associated with the exploitation of EU shale gas reserves.

The three-month consultation, launched on Thursday, asks whether new EU legislation is needed to address the risks involved in extracting unconventional fossil fuel such as shale gas, including the process known as ‘fracking’.

The commission “aims to ensure that any further development of unconventional fossil fuels is carried out with the proper health, climate and environmental safeguards in place”, the environment department said in a statement.

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