German parliament passed bill on hydraulic fracturing



Hydraulic fracturing for shale gas and shale oil banned After years of debate, the German parliament has passed regulations about hydraulic fracturing. The law bans hydraulic fracturing for the production of shale gas as well as shale oil. In[...]read more

acatech: scientific evidence does not justify general ban of hydraulic fracturing


Legislation, Generic, Water Protection

acatech - the German National Academy of Science and Engineering has published a position paper (in German) about applications, economic perspectives and environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing. The academy´s project group, led by Rolf[...]read more

Scientists comment on German hydraulic fracturing draft law


Water Protection, Legislation

The members of the expert group on hydraulic fracturing chemicals within the Water Chemistry Society, German Chemical Society (GDCh), together with scientists from North America, have commented on the German draft law on hydraulic fracturing, which[...]read more

German government introduces bill on hydraulic fracturing



On 1st April the German Bundeskabinett (Germany´s government) introduced a bill regulating hydraulic fracturing in Germany. The bill addresses mainly "unconventional" hydraulic fracturing in shales and coal seams. There are also some[...]read more

Announcement of the key principles of the fracking regulation in Germany


Legislation, Generic

The German Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Ministry of Economics have agreed on key principles in the regulation of fracking. These are the most stringent principles that have ever been in place in Germany in this area. In the[...]read more

How to apply European Commission Recommendations in real life: Stara Kiszewa case study


Legislation, Generic

Author: Michal Tarka Lawyer and doctoral candidate at Faculty of Law, Adam Mickiewicz University (UAM) in Poznań,Poland As an expert for the “Together about shales” programme financed by the National Fund for Environmental Protection (NFEP), I[...]read more

European Commission recommends minimum principles for shale gas


Legislation, Generic

Building on existing EU legislation and complementing it where necessary, the Recommendation invites Member States in particular to: Plan ahead of developments and evaluate possible cumulative effects before granting licences;Carefully assess[...]read more

Germany: The topic of hydraulic fracturing technology has turned up again in the current coalition agreement (18th legislature) of the CDU, CSU and SPD


Legislation, Generic

“According to current environmentally relevant studies, there is enormous potential risk attached to the use of fracking technology for the unconventional extraction of natural gas – and especially shale gas. The consequences for humans, nature and[...]read more

New developments in the debate about shale gas extraction using hydraulic fracturing - European Parliament demands mandatory Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)



New expert article from Anna Alexandra Seuser, University of Trier:On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, the European Parliament examined the question of revising the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (EIA) and formulated a request for a mandatory[...]read more

New fracking projects must pass environmental test



The European Parliament has proposed that exploration and hydraulic fracturing extraction activities for non-conventional hydrocarbons should be subject to environmental impact studies, in adopting an amendment to existing EU legislation on[...]read more

Discussion forum on German water law and hydraulic fracturing



The institute of German and European water law (IDEW) at Trier university in Germany organized a discussion forum on "Fracking and [German] water law". The forum was held on 19 september 2012 in Cologne. The director of IDEW, Prof. M.[...]read more

New European Commission studies on possible consequences of exploiting shale gas


Water Protection, Climate Impact, Legislation

The European Commission (EC) has commissioned three studies to investigate the possible consequences of exploiting shale gas. The studies were published on 7 September, 2012 and look at the potential effects of unconventional fuels on energy[...]read more

German government study on hydraulic fracturing risks


Generic, Water Protection, Legislation

Hydraulic fracturing should not be banned, but its application should be allowed only with strict regulation in place. That is the bottom line of a comprehensive study (in German only) on the water-related environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing[...]read more

New US air standards for hydraulically fractured natural gas wells


Legislation, Climate Impact

The use of "reduced emissions completion (REC)", also known as “green completion”, has been prescribed for hydraulically fractured natural gas wells from Jan. 2015 onwards. This is part of the final rule on New Source Performance Standards[...]read more

New SHIP expert article on U.S. regulatory framework for shale gas


Legislation, Generic

Susan L. Sakmar has published a SHIP expert article "Overview of Environmental Issues and US Regulatory Framework Pertaining to US Shale Gas Development". Read the article here. Susan is licensed to practice law in California and has over[...]read more

France: shale gas R&D recommended, commission on hydraulic fracturing implemented



A government report recommending concrete steps in shale oil and gas R&D was published on March 21, 2012 together with a decree on the implementation of a commission for the evaluation of environmental risks related to hydraulic fracturing and[...]read more

Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Disclosure made compulsory in Texas and Colorado



Disclosure of fracturing fluids is required in Texas for wells with an initial drilling permit issued on or after Feb. 1, 2012, and in Colorado for wells where hydraulic fracturing treatments are performed on or after April 1, 2012. The new rules[...]read more

New study shows no evidence of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing


Water Protection, Legislation

[Update Dec. 2012: Study was withdrawn] Hydraulic fracturing of shale formations to extract natural gas has no direct connection to reports of groundwater contamination, based on evidence reviewed in the study Fact-Based Regulation for[...]read more

European Commission publishes study on shale gas legal framework



On 27 January 2012 the European Commission published the Final Report on Unconventional Gas in Europe, addressing the licensing and permitting procedures for shale gas projects. Based on a sample of four Member States (France, Germany, Poland and[...]read more

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