Poland seeks to head off EU regulation over shale gas

Poland has published a study reserving its previous stance to describe possible EU regulation of the shale gas industry as “unfeasible”.

The paper, published by the Polish Institute of International Affairs, is called: Path to prosperity or road to ruin? Shale gas under political scrutiny. It argues against a European approach to shale gas regulation, distancing itself from Poland’s earlier position.

Environmental concerns led France to ban hydraulic fracturing in June but Europe has no common approach to the sector. Warsaw is believed to fear regulatory restrictions could evolve from a common policy, reports EurActiv.

“What seems obvious from the EU level becomes less so from the perspective of an individual member state,” write the authors, who claim that for Central Europe, “shale gas should be seen as a local or regional game-changer”.

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