Environmental Aspects on Unconventional Fossil Fuels
June 2015: The Commission will organize a Stakeholder event on 29th June in Brussels to collect qualified comments from main stakeholder groups (industry, non-governmental organizations, labour unions, scientific community) on the effectiveness of the current Commission policy approach to unconventional fossil fuels. You can watch a web-streaming of the event. On 30thJune, a technical workshopon baseline assessment and monitoring of water resources exposed to unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and extraction activities will be organized in Brussels.
March 2015: The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) clarifies how to report substances used in hydraulic fracturing. More information...
February 2015: The Commission published Member States' replies to the questionnaire on measures they put in place in response to the Recommendation on minimum principles for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons (such as shale gas) using high-volume hydraulic fracturing. (Overview; individual country reports) They will be taken into account by the Commission as part of the review of the effectiveness of the Recommendation scheduled in 2015.