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EU COMMISSION SUING POLAND FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LAW BREACH

05/16/2016

The European Commission is taking Poland to the European Court of Justice for breaking European environmental law by illegally exploring for shale gas. EU environmental law requires impact assessments for drilling to a depth of more than 1,000 meters, whereas in Poland, impact assessments are only necessary for drilling deeper than 5,000 meters. If the European Court of Justice finds Poland in violation, the country might have to pay a fine for each day that it was in breach of EU law. Environmentalists in Poland are also concerned about the environmental impact of Poland’s logging plans for the Bialowieza Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The EC is currently looking into Poland’s logging plans. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-poland-environment-idUKKCN0XP2HJ