Consultation response on fracking (alternative fossil fuels, or shale gas) in Europe

In February 2011, citing needs for jobs, growth and European competitiveness, the European Council called for an examination of the environmental effects of hydrofracking. Hydrofracking is a method of harvesting gas held in impermeable rocks or coal. To release the gas from the rock for capture, millions of litres of water mixed with chemicals are forced into the ground under high pressure to create cracks in the rocks and extract the gas.

The European Commission has asked for stakeholder responses to a questionnaire on fracking in Europe. Click here to see QCEA’s submission to the European Commission’s consultation on fracking.