MEPs demand more robust rules on fracking by Nick Boley
November 22, 2012, 15:11
Filed under: Energy, Environment/Ecology, EU Information | Tags: ,

MEPs have stated they see there is a need for more robust rules to deal with the many issues posed by the development across the EU on fracking.

A resolution from the Parliament’s Energy Commission stated  that each member state has the right to decide on whether to exploit shale gas. The resolution, prepared by Niki Tzavela (EFD, EL), was adopted with 492 votes in favour, 129 against and 13 abstentions.

However, MEPs considered that a “robust regulatory regime” is needed for all shale gas activities, including hydraulic fracturing. They believe that environmentally-friendly processes and best available techniques  be used to achieve the highest safety standards, and particularly to require companies to disclose which chemicals are used, in order to comply with EU legislation.


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