Mandatory EIA for Shale Gas Development – EU Recommendations Target Fracking

By Marlies Huijbers, Katarzyna Branny, July 7, 2014

shale gas in Europe. However, since shale gas may revolutionise the European energy market member states should consider some options that could relieve the EIA burden from operators on one hand and satisfy the strict requirements of the EIA Directive on the other. For example, member states could define areas where shale gas operations can be carried out and local governments could conduct the EIA. This may encourage operators who must already deal with multiple environmental and administrative requirements. Such an approach has been taken by the Netherlands with respect to wind energy at sea projects and aims to ensure that by 2023 there are wind turbine parks with a peak capacity of 4,450 MW.

Authors’ Bios

Marlies Huijbers is a regulatory consultant at Enhesa and is based in Brussels. She is a Dutch/European-trained EHS regulatory expert with over eight years of professional experience. She specialises in Dutch, the former Dutch Antilles’, Suriname, European and sometimes Belgian and United Kingdom EHS law. Huijbers’ key experience include development and maintenance of audit protocols, country profiles, regulatory registers;
monitoring regulatory developments and advising multinational clients on how to maintain compliance. She holds a Master’s degree in
Environmental Law from the University of Amsterdam and a Master’s degree in International and European Law from the Radboud University Nijmegen. She speaks Dutch, English, French and German.

Katarzyna Branny is an EHS consultant at Enhesa, an international environmental, health and safety consulting firm, based in Washington, DC.  She is responsible for analyzing EHS legislation within Poland and the EU, with a particular focus on oil and gas issues. Branny holds a Master’s degree from the George Washington Law School, as well as a law degree from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She is licensed to practice law in Poland and in Washington, DC.