The European Commission has published a series of “common minimum principles” for Member States on the extraction of shale gas using hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The principles lay down areas where Member States should focus national requirements in their planning and environmental requirements. They do not indicate any support or otherwise for the recovery of shale gas.
Although the principles are not legally binding, the Commission will expect Member States to implement them within six months and will review the extent to which the principles are adopted after 18 months.
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