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What’s in a Name?: Legal Implications of the EU Recommendation on Shale Gas

May 2014

Citation: 44 ELR 10351

Issue: 5

Author: Cándido García Molyneux and Luca Tosoni

On January 22, 2014, the European Commission published its Recommendation on Shale Gas calling on the Member States of the European Union (EU) to apply a set of common principles for the performance of exploration and production of hydrocarbons by means of high-volume hydraulic fracturing. These principles are considered as minimum and “complementary” to existing EU environmental and safety legislation.

Cándido García Molyneux, Ph.D., is Of Counsel in the Brussels office of Covington & Burling LLP and an External Professor at the College of Europe, Natolin. Luca Tosoni is a Trainee-Lawyer in the Brussels office of Covington & Burling LLP. The opinions expressed in this Article are those of the authors and not of any organization, client, or group.

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