In the 2014 Communication from the Commission on the exploration and production of hydrocarbons (such as shale gas) using high volume hydraulic fracturing in the EU, the establishment of a European Science and Technology Network on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction was announced, bringing together practitioners from industry, research, academia and civil society.
Key Features of the Network
- The Network is an initiative of the Commission as a whole that is managed by the JRC.
- Practitioners from industry, research, academia and civil society are welcome to join the working groups of the Network at any time. The number of participants from each category reflects registrations received. While the Commission insists on a fair and balanced exchange of views, it is not within the means or the objectives of the Commission to achieve a balance in terms of matching numbers of participants from each category.
- All interested people are welcome to attend the annual conference.
- The Network is aimed at collecting technical and environmental data. Reports and other deliverables will be of a technical nature ; e.g. peer reviewed scientific publications. The results of the Network will be considered by the Commission among other sources of information.
- It is not within the mandate of the Network to give advice to the Commission on shale gas policy. Participants to the Network cannot be considered as shale gas advisers to the Commission. Views expressed by participants of the Network do not necessarily represent the views of the Commission.