EP Committee Calls for Stringent Regulation of Fracking
The European Parliament Environment Committee voted Wednesday on a proposal for stringent regulatory measures for controversial shale gas drilling known as fracking.
This comes after EP's Industry Committee passed a much more liberal decision Tuesday, saying no environmental regulation amendments are needed to allow fracking.
The European Parliament is under way to come out with a full-fledged position on shale gas exploration and drilling, after the European Commission came out with a thorough report on the approach.
Among the proposals voted Wednesday by the EP's Enviroment Committe are a ban to EU funding for the shale gas industry and related research, mandatory environmental impact assesments for fracking projects, classification of fracking fluids as hazardous waste, and a ban on fracking in areas supplying drinking water.
"Our committee showed today that the concern for public health and the environment must stay over and above all industrial and financial interests," stated Bulgarian liberal MEP Antoniya Parvanova.
She added that strict regulation, including stringent environmental impact assesment criteria, is needed at the EU level to safeguard the public's interests.
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