EU Shale Gas Rules Effective For Now, Study Shows

Law360, New York (January 27, 2012, 5:05 PM EST) -- European Union law is effective in regulating current shale gas exploration but will likely need revision to account for environmental impacts as European drilling companies’ operations begin to look more like those in the United States, according to an EU-commissioned study released Friday.

The study was prepared by the law firm Philippe & Partners for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy to assess EU member states’ licensing and permitting for shale gas.

“Neither on the European level nor on the national level have we noticed significant...
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