Published 5 July 2017
'Regulating Shale Gas - The Challenge of Coherent Environmental and Energy Regulation' is a book written by Dr. Leonie Reins, who has extensively studied shale gas regulation in the European Union both as a legal researcher at Milieu Ltd (a consultancy firm providing legal and policy services) and as a PhD researcher in the University of Leuven, Belgium. Dr. Reins has published numerous articles about shale gas regulation in international peer-reviewed journals and co-authored several internationally published books in the field of energy and environmental law and policy.
Dr. Reins' book about shale gas regulation is a particularly timely and needed contribution to the debate about the position of shale gas in the European energy and environmental law and policy framework. After the shale gas 'revolution' in the United States, the opportunities and risks of shale gas extraction have been intensely discussed, analysed and evaluated in the European Union with the result of Member States being divided between the 'proponent', 'opposing' and 'undecided' countries. The proponents see shale gas as a means to ease the rising energy demand in the European Union and a way to reduce dependence on non-EU gas suppliers, such as Russia. Effectively, the main reasons to support shale gas extraction despite its various (and even significant) risks include the potential of shale gas to replace more carbon-intensive fossil fuels and the possibility to increase the security of supply by diversifying the energy sources in the European Union. To this date, however, commercial shale gas production has not yet started in the European Union and the role of shale gas in the overall EU energy agenda is still to be determined.
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