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Authors: Mary Tiemann - Specialist in Environmental Policy and Adam Vann - Legislative Attorney. July 13, 2015

December 2015 - American firm Schuepbach lost its legal action against the French state to be allowed to frack for shale in Southern France.

On the 8th of December, as negotiators from around the world were working around the clock to reach agreement on a climate deal in Le Bourget, just 20 miles west from there, the administrative court of Cergy-Pontoise was hearing the arguments of Schuepbach over the abrogation of two permits in the wake of the anti-fracking law passed in 2011.

The terms used in oil and gas well exploration can be confusing to anyone not involved in the business. At worst, these terms can be used to mislead nonspecialists who are trying to learn about the potential consequences of the industry.

Final Report on Unconventional Gas in Europe

Legal opinion prepared by the law firm Philippe & Partners - Brussels, 8 November 2011 for the Directorate-General for Energy in the European Commission and expresses the opinion of the organisation undertaking the study. 

SAN FRANCISCO (Feb 2015) — The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Interior Department today (see PDF) for violating three federal laws by rubberstamping offshore fracking off California’s coast without analyzing fracking pollution’s threats to ocean ecosystems, coastal communities and marine wildlife, including sea otters, fish, sea turtles and whales.

Environmentalists filed a federal lawsuit in Washington, DC on 8 January 2015 in an attempt to force the United States government into disclosing details about any hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, being done in the Gulf of Mexico.

Clean air is essential to good health and a basic human need. EU law has recognised this need and given legal protection to it through directives and court judgments.

Putting the Law to Work in Our Communities

A Citizen’s Guide to Environmental Protection and Justice in Georgia, USA.

The development of extensive environmental regulation over the last three decades has afforded many Americans a sense of security, a  security born of the belief that environmental laws will effectively protect them from toxic chemicals and pollutants.

This is a legal paper that looks at the impact that natural gas drilling has on various towns in the USA and what can be done within an US legal context. Although written for the US many good points are included that may be used within an EU legal context. Written in 2009 it is still a very good resource.

Download the paper in the attachment section below in PDF format

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