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24/07/2016

Shale-rich Spanish region votes to ban fracking

Topic: fracking


Brexit’s impact on fracking and carbon storage under spotlight

The UK’s Environment and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) has launched an inquiry to explore the implications for its climate policy of leaving the European Union, amid major concerns over the uncertain futures of shale gas exploration and carbon capture and storage (CCS). EurActiv’s partner edie.net reports.
Trade & Society 27-04-2016

TTIP: Chevron lobbied for controversial legal right as 'environmental deterrent'

Chevron lobbied the EU to give foreign investors the legal right to challenge government decisions in a major US-EU trade deal because it would act as a deterrent against laws such as fracking bans, the Guardian can reveal.

Commission gives 'green light' to fracked gas imports

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission’s plan to boost imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the EU has raised fears that it will encourage climate-warming fracking in countries such as the United States.
Energy 19-08-2015

1,000 square miles of England to be opened up for fracking

Large areas of Yorkshire, the north-west and the east Midlands are to be opened up to fracking after the government announced it will offer a fresh round of licences for oil and gas exploration.

Commission’s fracking advisors controlled by lobbyists, claim NGOs

Environmental campaigners and the shale gas industry have clashed amid accusations that companies are controlling an influential European Commission group advising on fracking policy.
Energy 02-04-2015

German Environment Minister defends new bill to regulate fracking

After much debate, the Merkel government has signed off on a draft law that would permit fracking in Germany, causing an uproar among opposition politicians and environmentalists, as well as coalition members. EurActiv Germany reports.
Energy 24-03-2015

Berlin fracking bill criticised ahead of UN climate talks

For months, the German government has been working on a bill that would legalise fracking. But environment and health advocates warn that it sends the wrong message ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Paris. EurActiv Germany reports.
Energy 20-03-2015

Fracking costs outweigh benefits for Germany and Europe, study says

For only a ten year supply of energy, fracking in Europe would contaminate drinking water, cause severe environmental damage and create vast industrial landscapes, says a study on fracking, as the German government pushes to legalise the controversial extraction method. EurActiv Germany reports.
Energy 13-02-2015

German governmen pushes fracking approval

The German government has tabled a draft law permitting fracking in the country, with environmental associations criticising the draft as fragmented and risky, calling on the government to concentrate on implementing the Energiewende, instead. EurActiv Germany reports.
Energy 19-11-2014

German government upholds fracking ban

Drilling for shale gas remains under an unlimited ban, said German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, dismissing media reports of government intentions to soften the fracking ban. But she did not rule out certain "rare" exceptions. EurActiv Germany reports.
Central Europe 10-11-2014

Ponta says Romania has no shale gas, Chevron begs to differ

Romania has fought hard to discover shale gas that apparently does not exist, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said late yesterday (9 November). But US energy giant Chevron was quick to respond that it had yet to finalise an assessment of the country’s shale gas potential.
Energy 31-07-2014

Germany moves closer to fracking ban

Germany has a moratorium on the use of fracking technology to extract unconventional fossil fuels but the method is not banned, something the country's Federal Environment Agency (UBA) hopes to change with swift regulation. EurActiv Germany reports.
Energy 02-07-2014

Fracking debate intensifies in Germany

Sigmar Gabriel hopes to introduce key points for the regulation of fracking in Germany before the Bundestag convenes for the summer. But critics claim the controversial gas extraction method is rightfully banned in Germany, warning of pollution, and claiming it would not bolster the country’s energy independence. EurActiv Germany reports.
Energy 26-03-2014

EU warms to shale gas in the wake of Crimea crisis

Energy independence and the production of shale gas should top Europe's political agenda, British Prime Minister David Cameron said, calling the Crimea crisis a "wake-up call" for states reliant on Russian gas. EU leaders are expected to ask US President Barack Obama today (26 March) to export more of the shale gas his country produces to Europe.
Energy 21-10-2013

Shale gas firms to be brought under ‘robust’ new EU law

EXCLUSIVE / Shale gas companies operating in Europe will soon have to respect a muscular legislative package which the European Commission is preparing to publish in December or January, EurActiv has learned.
Trade & Society 04-09-2013

Oettinger advises Germany on fracking, warns of climate overacting

Germany should not dismiss gas fracking technology that has boosted US industry, nor unilaterally overexpose itself to climate protection efforts, European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said on Tuesday (3 September).
Europe's East 21-08-2013

Ukraine region rejects shale gas project

A shale gas deal in Ukraine hit a setback yesterday (20 August) when a local council rejected the government's draft production-sharing agreement with US energy company Chevron amid warnings by nationalists regarding likely damage to the environment.
Europe's East 16-07-2013

Polish minister denies shale gas exodus by US firms

EXCLUSIVE / Widespread reports that two US energy giants are planning to end their shale gas fracking operations in Poland are false and spread by “gossips,” the country’s deputy environment minister has told EurActiv.
Energy 15-07-2013

EU court casts doubt on legality of Poland’s shale gas licences

Poland’s shale gas business is facing a serious challenge after the EU’s highest court ruled that Warsaw violated European law by allowing licences to be issued for the exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons, without fully open tenders.
Energy 12-07-2013

Shale gas is not Europe's get-out-of-jail card

Shale gas is not a cheap energy panacea, nor is it a harbinger of environmental catastrophe. The truth is somewhere in the middle, argues David Buchan. 
Energy 11-06-2013

EU official: shale gas el dorado out of Europe's reach

A senior European Commission official has poured cold water on claims that a shale gas boom in Europe would result in de-facto low gas prices. 
NewsSpecial Report

German experts: Fracking is unnecessary and risky

SPECIAL REPORT / German environmental experts doubt that developing shale gas is economically profitable and worthwhile for the country's energy transition. They also question the technology of fracking and call for a European Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure to be adopted. EurActiv Germany reports.
Trade & Society 08-05-2013

Draft EU-Canada trade treaty threatens Europe's fracking bans

EXCLUSIVE / European bans on hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - for shale gas could face lawsuits under a far-reaching investment clause in a draft Canada-EU Trade Agreement treaty, seen by EurActiv.
Energy 09-04-2013

Shale-rich Spanish region votes to ban fracking

Lawmakers in Spain's northern Cantabria region unanimously voted on Monday (8 April) to ban hydraulic fracturing on environmental concerns, shooting down the central government's hopes for a project to boost jobs in a region believed to be rich in shale gas.