shale gas

French mining code reform ignores climate objectives

The long-awaited reform of France's mining code is about to get under way. But the new text pays very little heed to the country's environmental objectives. EurActiv France reports.

Agrifood 12-12-2016

Scientists struggle to explain spike in methane emissions

Emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, have increased sharply since 2012, according to a group of researchers. But they struggled to put their finger on why. EurActiv France reports.

Energy 08-11-2016

LUKoil vice president: EU taxes are killing the refinery business

LUKoil would be delighted to sell the EU gas, but it cannot, as Gazprom has a monopoly on Russia's gas exports. However, the gas LUKoil discovered on the Romanian shelf will directly supply the EU, Leonid Fedun told EurActiv.com.

Energy 02-11-2016

How Putin is losing his grip on pipeline politics

Growing global LNG trade and the expansion of gas-transport infrastructure have transformed the markets, and Russia will bear the brunt of this change, writes  Agnia Grigas.

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.

Energy 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.

Geert Decock
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. 

Energy 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.

Agrifood 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.

German environmental protectionists gather to protest fracking in the Saale riverbed and elsewhere. [Uwe Hiksch/Flickr]
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.

Ram?nas Bogdanas
Energy 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.

Zones of shale gas in Poland [Polish institute of Geology]
Energy 12-09-2014

Shale gas in Poland – from exploration to exploitation

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.

Donald Tusk [L] will have to work hand in hand with Jean-Claude Juncker [Commission]
EU Priorities 2020 10-09-2014

Poland hopes Tusk will create an EU Energy Union

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.