||Exterior shot European Parliament, Strasbourg.
||SOUNDBITE (Polish) Boguslaw SONIK (EPP, PL), Rapporteur for the Environment Committee: "Europe cannot afford not to use its own resources because these resources will make us less dependent on the external energy resources and this will increase our energy security but this would contribute to limiting C02 emissions."
||SOUNDBITE (Polish) Boguslaw SONIK (EPP, PL), Rapporteur for the Environment Committee:"I do hope that tomorrow, during our voting we will be able to send the right message to the world that the extraction of this gas is safe to our citizens provided that we fulfil all the environmental criterion. Any country, any member state should be free to decide whether they want to use this particular technology, whether they want to extract shale gas."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Niki TZAVELA (EFD, EL) Rapporteur Energy Committee: "Shale gas gives us all the opportunity to prove that our generation of politicians considers the continent s natural resources and wealth as a challenge for growth and not as a threat."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Niki TZAVELA (EFD, EL) Rapporteur Energy Committee:"Based on American experience, because we don't have any European experience on this, shale gas is potentially the biggest energy development since the 1920s, as big a change as when we switched from using coal to oil."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Janez POTOČNIK, Commissioner for the Environment: "It is clear that the future development of shale gas will depend on the extent of public acceptance of fracking. Unless environmental and health risks are addressed in a proper way and people are convinced that they are, then the development of this industry will not last. We need to face up to this issue and we need to face up to this issue now."
||SOUNDBITE (German) Günther OETTINGER, Commissioner for Energy: "We have to realise that in many other issues of energy policy as well, the topic of shale gas is one that rests on a broad consensus in member states. Some member states tend to be against so you have a mixture so that in certain senses some want a moratorium and some see shale gas as the solution to help them to energy independence."
||SOUNDBITE (Czech) Jan BŘEZINA, (EPP, CZ): "Only after a thorough geological test can we start a serious debate about how to use shale gas. But in any case, we should leave the doors open and we shouldn't completely block the use of this potentially interesting source of energy."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Linda MCAVAN (S&D, UK): "We have an opportunity as European legislators to make sure that if any country chooses to go ahead and exploit shale gas we have in place proper environmental controls. When we had the hearing in the Environment Committee, one lesson we learnt from our American counterparts, American legislators, was not to have to play catch up after shale gas has started."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Fiona HALL (ALDE, UK): "Burning gas unabated, without capturing the C02 is simply not compatible with tackling climate change and the path to decarbonisation. It does not matter how much shale gas lies beneath the soil of Europe. If we care about climate change we need to leave it in the ground. It will not go off."
||SOUNDBITE (Swedish) Carl SCHLYTER (Greens/EFA, SE): "I think this is the ultimate picture of the avaricious people who are drilling down thousands of metres into the ground to crack the base rock to get the last drops of fossil fuel out of the ground. It is a really tragic picture of where humanity has ended up. We should not be wasting the small amount of capital that we have for investment by trying to get even more fossil fuel out of the ground. Reserves that we already know about for coal, gas and oil are so massive that if we were to use them, we would have a total climate catastrophy."
||SOUNDBITE (Polish) Konrad SZYMAŃSKI (ECL, PL): "Releasing the potential of unconventional gas in Europe would result in more competitiveness, lower prices for businesses and citizens, greater competitiveness of our economies, and as a result, more effective reduction of C02 emissions, but also support for renewable sources of energy. Obviously, we can't rely on the latter always. Sometimes the sun doesn't shine, sometimes the wind isn't blowing, so I can't understand why you have such a problem with shale gas."