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Brussels, 21 November 2012
Statement by Commissioner Potočnik following the vote in the European Parliament on shale gas
Following today's vote in the European Parliament, Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said:
"I welcome the Parliament's vote today on the report on Environmental Impacts Of Shale Gas And Shale Oil Extraction Activities.
It is clear that the future development of shale gas will depend on the extent of public acceptance of fracking. Addressing health and environmental risks will be of paramount importance for the industry to gain broad public acceptance and a 'public license to operate' in Europe.
Our challenge is to make the right and balanced choices. Studies carried out indicate that there are a number of uncertainties or gaps in current EU legislation and the Commission intends to deliver next year a framework to manage risks, address regulatory shortcomings, and to provide maximum clarity and predictability to market operators and citizens across the EU."