The Greens have worked hard to draw attention to the potential risks of shale gas
The fight against shale gas continues across Europe. While the US is still the only country in the world to begin exploiting shale gas, reserves of shale and other unconventional gas have been estimated at 35 trillion cubic metres across Europe. Poland, France, Norway, Sweden, Ukraine, the UK, the Netherlands and Germany have the greatest potential. In Ireland, the Green Party and advocacy groups continue to call for a ban on fracking, as their Environmental Protection Agency announced the terms of reference fora second more detailed study on unconventional gas. You can find a press release from the Green Party of Ireland here.
The Greens have worked hard to draw attention to the potential risks of shale gas. While energy companies across the EU have pushed shale gas as a bridging fuel towards carbon neutral energy, the European Greens and Green-EFA group have joined with NGOs to draw attention to the high risks associated with shale gas extraction, calling on the EU to suspend all financial support to shale gas projects and to ban shale gas across Europe. To help spread this message, “Why Ban Fracking and Shale Gas,” a leaflet produced by StopClimateChange.net and the Greens is now available in a series of languages (English, French, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, German, Greek, Catalonian and Romanian). Contact us for copies.