Shale gas: environmental impact study to precede any new project 

The EU's existing Environmental Impact Assessment Directive is being updated, and the Environment Committee proposes extending it to shale gas extraction projects, in a draft resolution to be voted on Wednesday.

The committee also proposes stepping up public participation in environmental impact studies and establishing clear rules for settling conflicts of interest between the experts drawing up these studies, competent authorities and project developers, and stepping up the monitoring of projects that have adverse effects on the environment. The Environmental Impact Directive sets out criteria for gathering the information needed before a public or private project is authorised.

Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), first reading
Debate: Tuesday, 8 October
Vote: Wednesday, 9 October
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