MEPs urge caution on shale gas pending review

Member states should approach shale gas exploration and exploitation with caution while possible regulatory changes are being investigated, said the parliament

Member states should approach shale gas exploration and exploitation with caution while the European Commission is investigating whether to change existing legislation to address the environmental risks, MEPs have said.

The parliament in Strasbourg adopted two resolutions on Wednesday, one focusing on the environmental risks of shale gas and the other on its industrial aspects.

The two resolutions take a slightly different tone on this issue. Unsurprisingly, the resolution on environmental risks puts more emphasis on the need to apply the precautionary principle, while the other one, put forward by the parliament’s industry and energy committee, points out the benefits in terms of energy security.

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