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25/08/2016

EU slated for ‘cynical’ €113m shale gas subsidy

Topic: shale gas


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.
Energy 22-04-2016

American LNG declares price war on pipeline gas in Europe

A tanker loaded with US natural gas is en route to Portugal. It may not appear to be newsworthy, but it is considered a game changer, as this is the first shipment in a trade relationship that could shake up the EU market, which relies heavily on Russian pipeline gas.
Europe's East 02-09-2015

Russia's silent shale gas victory in Ukraine

The vast shale gas reserves in the separatist-held Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions are an important element not to be overlooked when analysing the Ukraine crisis, writes Szilvia Batkov.
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.
Energy 18-08-2015

Total drops shale gas project in Denmark

French energy company Total said it had stopped exploring for shale gas in Denmark on Monday (17 August), as only a limited amount had been found.

Chizhov: The Gazprom case is political

The Gazprom case was not initiated by EU-based energy companies, but by the Lithuanian government, which was at that time involved in arbitration with Gazprom, Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s Ambassador to the European Union, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
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 23-02-2015

Chevron gives up shale gas exploration in Romania

Chevron Corp said it will give up shale gas exploration plans in Romania, after an assessment showed the Black Sea state does not compete favourably with other investment opportunities.
Energy 04-02-2015

Instead of a shale bonanza in the EU, a shale fata morgana

The latest withdrawal from shale gas exploration in Poland by Chevron illustrates how shale gas is unlikely to ever contribute to the EU’s energy mix. Deflated expectations, industry mishaps and lack of social acceptance of fracking should stiffen the resolve of EU leaders to concentrate on renewables and energy efficiency, writes Geert Decock.
Energy 29-01-2015

Scotland announces fracking ban

Scotland has imposed a moratorium on shale gas planning permits two days after a UK-wide ban was rejected by MPs in Westminster. 
Europe's East 12-12-2014

Cancellation of South Stream makes economic sense

On December 1, 2014 Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would abandon construction of an ambitious $40 billion project - the South Stream gas pipeline. Hedvika Ko?ousková and Martin Jirušek comment on the wider context of this decision.
Agriculture & Food 20-11-2014

Commission official: The EU is not going to change its food legislation because of TTIP

The EU is not going to change its food safety legislation under the negotiation for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which means that GMOs can be marketed in the EU only once they have been authorised, and beef from the USA would be marketable in Europe only if it is hormone free, Ignacio Garcia Bercero of the European Commission told EurActiv Czech Republic.
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.

Scientists bury hopes of EU shale gas revolution

Although there are no scientific grounds to ban fracking, shale gas will do little to solve Europe’s energy supply security problems, according to a new report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC).
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.
Europe's East 22-10-2014

What is the future for shale gas in Lithuania?

One year ago, Lithuania’s Prime Minister made no effort to encourage Chevron to stay and explore the possibility to develop shale gas in the country. Today the country may regret it, writes Ram?nas Bogdanas.
Central Europe 18-09-2014

Poland masterminds gas trading hub for Central Europe

Poland is taking steps towards creating a gas trading and transit hub in Central and Eastern Europe aimed at accomplishing what much of the region has failed to do; shake off its almost complete reliance on Russian gas imports.
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Energy 12-09-2014

Shale gas in Poland - from exploration to exploitation

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT: There are 65 shale gas wells and drills in Poland, more than any other European country. The UK, the other EU member state with plans to develop the resource, has only a couple of wells.
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EU Priorities 2020 10-09-2014

Poland hopes Tusk will create an EU Energy Union

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT: In his capacity of Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk has spearheaded the idea of an EU energy Union, and leading Polish politicians expect him to continue to do so as Council President, when he will take up the job from Herman Van Rompuy on 1 December.
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.

Poland on road to EU Court over shale gas defiance

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission has begun legal proceedings against Poland for amending its national laws to allow shale drills at depths of up to 5,000 metres without first having assessed the potential environmental impacts, EurActiv has learned.
Energy 07-07-2014

Oettinger tells Germany to keep options open on fracking

Europe could eventually get a tenth of its power needs via shale gas fracking, if it can overcome reservations such as those voiced in recommendations from two German cabinet ministers, the European Union's energy commissioner was quoted as saying.
Energy 27-06-2014

Danish municipality approves country's first shale gas drilling licence

Frederikshavn, a municipality located in the north of Denmark, voted 'yes' on Wednesday (25 June) to letting the French energy company Total explore whether there is shale gas in the area. It is the first time a drilling license for shale gas has been approved in Denmark.
Energy 13-06-2014

EU slated for ‘cynical’ €113m shale gas subsidy

EXCLUSIVE / Environmentalists have bitterly condemned a new EU research fund which invites shale gas firms to apply for €113 million of subsidies, under a programme designed to encourage ‘competitive low carbon energy’.