EU Energy Policy

Sceptics shatter European shale gas hopes

Although some experts see only limited potential of shale gas for Europe, the European Commission has said the potential exploration of shale gas should not be dismissed Although some experts see only limited potential of shale gas for Europe, the European Commission has said the potential exploration of shale gas should not be dismissed.
By Annemarie Botzki 16 May 2013 0 2017
Shale gas may be less helpful to Europe than previously thought. (Talisman Energy)

Geologists, policy makers and industry representatives discussed the potential contribution shale gas could make to Europe’s energy mix at an event in the European Parliament earlier this week.

Although David Hughes – author of Drill, Baby, Drill – and Werner Zittel – co-author of the latest Energy Watch Group report – see only limited potential for shale gas in Europe, the European Commission said it should not be dismissed.

“We are hitting a debate at a very hot time,” MEP Linda McAvan (UK, ENVI) told participants at...