Parliamentary questions
13 May 2015

Question for oral answer O-000057/2015

to the Commission

Rule 128

Franz Obermayr, Louis Aliot, Marie-Christine Arnautu, Nicolas Bay, Dominique Bilde, Marie-Christine Boutonnet, Steeve Briois, Aymeric Chauprade, Mireille D'Ornano, Edouard Ferrand, Sylvie Goddyn, Jean-François Jalkh, Gilles Lebreton, Marine Le Pen, Joëlle Mélin, Bernard Monot, Sophie Montel, Florian Philippot, Jean-Luc Schaffhauser, Mylène Troszczynski, Hans Jansen, Vicky Maeijer, Olaf Stuger, Barbara Kappel, Harald Vilimsky, Georg Mayer, Mara Bizzotto, Mario Borghezio, Gianluca Buonanno, Lorenzo Fontana, Matteo Salvini, Gerolf Annemans, Bronis Ropė, Marco Affronte, Luke Ming Flanagan, Nikolay Barekov, Ivo Vajgl, Eleonora Evi, Pavel Poc, Robert Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz, David Borrelli, Dario Tamburrano

  Subject:  Fracking in the context of the European Strategy for the Security of Energy Supply

An article in the German newspaper ‘Die Welt’ of 9 April 2015 refers to the great potential for fracking in England. Fracking is currently coming under increased scrutiny from the Member States, as witness the Fracking Act recently adopted in Germany. In the European Strategy for the Security of Energy Supply now under debate, fracking is also mentioned as one possible way of securing the supply of energy for the Member States.

In the light of the above, we have the following questions:

1.  In the USA, the technique of fracking, which has been practised there for many years, is controversial in view of its adverse effects on human health and the environment. What is the most recent information available to the Commission on the health and environmental consequences of this extraction technology? In particular, could it please specify any studies on which it bases this information.

2.  What legislative measures does the Commission propose to take to resolve the balancing act between improving security of energy supply by fracking on the one hand and protecting the physical integrity of people and maintaining natural resources on the other?

Tabled: 13.5.2015

Forwarded: 15.5.2015

Deadline for reply: 22.5.2015

Original language of question: DE
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