Dynamics and drivers of shale gas development in three European countries

Dynamics and drivers of shale gas development in three European countries: can a European policy be imagined? / Laura Parmigiani. Paris : IFRI, November 2013, 16 p. (Actuelles de l’Ifri)

http://www.ifri.org/downloads/actuelleslpnov.pdf

The European Commission introduced in its Work Programme 2013 an action  regarding “Environmental climate and energy assessment framework to enable safe and secure unconventional hydrocarbon extraction”. After having assessed the existing legislative framework appropriateness regarding climate and environmental impacts of shale gas development in Europe,  and having noted some improvements that could be proposed when using the hydraulic fracturing technique,  the debate is now shifting to address the issue of the good governance level. To what extent a European initiative could be more effective or comprehensive than national legislation? In particular, it remains unclear whether a common EU policy that goes beyond environmental and climate measures can be built to regulate the industrial exploitation of shale gas in Europe…


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