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07.10.2011

Poland To Oppose EU-Wide Shale Gas Policy?

A European Parliament (EP) committee is winding up a debate Thursday on possible EU-wide legislation on shale gas - a move opposed by a recent report by the Polish Institute of International Affairs.

Poland has been moving away from backing a EU-wide strategy on the energy source.

The Polish Institute of International Affairs report, presented at the EP's energy committee this week, concludes that, "because of the complexity and breadth of this debate, it seems infeasible to consider introducing a comprehensive legal or regulatory framework [on shale gas] within the EU".

Polish MEP (Civic Platform) Lena Kolarska-Bobinska told Polish Radio that shale gas is a huge opportunity for Poland to become more energy independent.

“Above all, it's important for us that shale gas is treated as an alternative source of energy, as a real opportunity, and not as a fantasy,” she said.

Test drilling involving Poland's state gas company and multinationals for shale gas deposits began this summer.

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