Assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment:

Type: Message   Reference: 94535   Duration: 00:03:40  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 08/10/2013   First transmission: 08/10/2013
- extracts from the report by Andrea ZANONI (ALDE, IT) Background: Assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment The European Parliament debated on environmental assessment and shale gas. The report considers that it is necessary, on the environmental impacts of shale gas and shale oil extraction activities, to include so-called non-conventional hydrocarbons in Annex I to the Directive. This would make environmental impact assessments (EIA) compulsory for non-conventional fossil fuel exploration and extraction, especially shale gas. It was also proposed by the committee to step up public participation in environmental impact studies. Clear rules for resolving conflicts of interests between the experts should be established. Projects that have effects on the environment should be monitored. The draft resolution will be voted on Wednesday.

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00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (Italian): Andrea ZANONI (ALDE, IT), rapporteur: "Tomorrows vote on the revision of the directive on the impact of certain public and private projects on the environment is a text of crucial importance for the future of the environmental policy of the EU. And it's impact has for years had been an impact of the live of millions of EU citizens, this directive is very important because it established the principals of informed decisions before approving projects that can have a significant impact on the environment." 00:00:34
00:00:44 SOUNDBITE (Italian): Andrea ZANONI (ALDE, IT), rapporteur: "In consistency with the precaution principal and what has been requested by Parliament in its sonic resolution of the 27nd of November 2012, I have suggested that we have EIA's (Energy Information Administration (EIA) on non-conventional hydrocarbons, in other words shale gas and natural gas from coal baring strata. We feel as well that our water is a too precious asset to put it at risk with very high risk drilling techniques such as 'fracking' and as such it is vital that the EU when using shale gas should insure that vigorous environmental standards are applied." 00:00:44
00:01:28 SOUNDBITE (English): Connie HEDEGAARD, European Commissioner for Climate actions: "To make the directive more effective we need to modernise the asset issues such as climate change and bio diversity, improve the quality of EIA reports, monitor adverse impact and make decision making more transparent, to make the directive more efficient and predictable for developers we need to streamline the process from the beginning, coordinate the various environmental assessments and introduce clear time frames for the key phases of the process." 00:00:35
00:02:03 SOUNDBITE (Greek): Nilolaos CHOUNTIS, PETI committee, (GUE, Greek) : "For me it is the involvement of the public that is utmost important for the whole of the project throughout all phases, we need to step up our evaluation and to expose the evaluation. The negative impact on the environment must be taken into consideration as well as the question of mandatory EIA's in cases of exploration and extraction." 00:00:26
00:02:29 SOUNDBITE (English): Kriton ARSENIS, (S&D, Greece): "We are asking for mandatory impact assessment of all shale gas operations independent of the quantities of gas going to be extracted, not only the extraction phase but also the research phase." 00:00:17
00:02:46 SOUNDBITE (German): Holger KRAHMER, (ALDE,DE): "I do regret that the rapporteur however haven't manage to produce compromises which could have been supported by great majority here, so we moving towards a vote that is going to be controversial and may end up with showing some strange results." 00:00:19
00:03:05 SOUNDBITE (German): Holger KRAHMER, (ALDE,DE): "There are some Member states working well in other not quite so well. I don't think that it is a good idea that certain colleagues in countries or even governments in countries are not implementing properly legislation, then turning to Brussels to trying to get some ersatz legislation, trying to sort out at the level of Europe that should have been sorted out at the National level." 00:00:22
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