EU Chooses Fracking Guidelines Over Legislation

Law360, New York (January 22, 2014, 5:30 PM EST) -- European Union officials issued new environmental and climate guidelines for hydraulic fracturing on Wednesday, electing not to propose legislation that could curtail the practice in places like Great Britain and Spain, where shale gas exploration is gaining momentum.

The European Commission released its “minimum principles” for fracking, focusing on monitoring air, water and soil quality and ensuring that well integrity meets best practice standards. The proposal emphasizes that EU member states can determine their own conditions for exploiting energy resources as long as the environment and...
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