EU's Fracking Future Remains Uncertain After Guidance

Law360, New York (February 12, 2014, 1:59 PM EST) -- On Jan. 22, 2014, the European Commission issued a communication relating to the opportunities and challenges of using hydraulic fracturing and adopted a recommendation on the “minimum principles for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons, such as shale gas, using high-volume hydraulic fracturing.”

According to the EU, these documents “should help all [m]ember [s]tates [of the EU] wishing to use … [hydraulic fracturing to] address health and environmental risks and improve transparency for citizens.” Ultimately these directives will be part of the EC's wider initiative for...
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