The Commission organised an open stakeholder meeting on 7 June 2013 in Brussels. The objective was to share the results of its recent on-line consultation and to provide an opportunity for all interested parties to further express their views on the measures needed to address the potential climate and environmental challenges of unconventional fossil fuels (e.g. shale gas), as well as on possible action required at EU level.
This meeting attracted around 100 participants. A balanced and constructive discussion took place, which provided the Commission with useful inputs from a wide range of stakeholders. In addition, the event could be followed live via web streaming, and about 100 persons participated in the discussion via an online chat.
The discussion covered for instance the need for overall planning and site selection, operational aspects and community impacts of shale gas exploration and exploitation. In particular, questions related to the disclosure of chemicals, strategic planning, baseline monitoring, geological conditions, well integrity and health issues were touched upon.
The Commission will take account of the views expressed at this meeting in its upcoming work.A video recording of the event is available here.