EU Study Calls Fracking High-Risk, Recommends Regs

Law360, New York (September 7, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT) -- Hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in the European Union poses high risks to the environment and public health and shouldn't take place on a large scale without addressing gaps in existing regulations, according to a set of European Commission reports released Friday.

"Risks of surface and groundwater contamination, water resource depletion, air and noise emissions, land take, disturbance to biodiversity and impacts related to traffic are deemed to be high in the case of cumulative projects," the European Commission's Joint Research Center said. "A considerable number...
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