The potential of United Kingdom shale gas regulation to inform the EU level harmonising measures

Elfving, Sanna (2017) The potential of United Kingdom shale gas regulation to inform the EU level harmonising measures. In: Energy Transitions: Regulatory and Policy Trends. Intersentia. ISBN 9781780685007

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The focus of this chapter is the compatibility of the United Kingdom (UK) regulatory regime for shale gas with Commission Recommendation 2014/70/EU on minimum principles for the exploration and production of unconventional oil and gas. Although a set of energy rules exists at the European level, Member States’ approaches towards regulation of energy has varied considerably due to the division of competencies in the field of energy before the Treaty amendment in 2009. Following this, the EU institutions now have the powers to legislate in respect of energy under Article 194 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), meaning that competence in the field of energy is shared between the European Union (EU) and Member States. However, apart from several environmental Directives, no specific European-wide regulatory framework on shale gas exists. In practice, this has been understood to mean that each Member State has the right to determine their own conditions for exploiting their unconventional energy resources. The Commission has nevertheless indicated its interest in creating a harmonised European legal framework for energy.

Keywords:Shale gas, unconventional oil and gas, energy, EU Energy Policy, EU law, EU directives
Subjects:M Law > M111 English Law
M Law > M120 European Union Law
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Law School
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Deposited On:11 Apr 2022 13:39

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