first_imgMarian Harkin MEP with Mary-Jo Mullarkey, Member of the Irish in Europe Association (International) and Geraldine Ring, Fracking Free Ireland Brussels Branch, following the event “Beyond the hype: The economics of shale gas in Europe” which was held in the European Parliament yesterdayThe potential for shale gas to supply a significant part of Europe’s gas needs has strongly challenged by Independent MEP Marian Harkin following a key energy conference in the European Parliament.Yesterday’s Brussels conference witnessed international energy expert Werner Zittel’s argument that shale gas would only produce between 2-3% of Europe’s future energy needs.Harkin, who attended the conference, expressed her concern at the lack of a clear strategy by the EU Energy Commissioner on the issue of Europe’s energy supply. “Just recently, Commission Oettinger said that there was a possibility of shale gas supplying between 10-15% of Europe’s energy needs in future, yet yesterday’s figures from the International Energy Agency, quoted by Werner Zittel, put that figure at 2-3% – significantly lower than Commission estimates,” she noted.“This startling difference should have alarm bells ringing across European capitals, and should signal a significant impact on any integrated EU energy policy.“Aside from the very significant climate, environmental, social and health risks involved, it would be a nonsense for the EU Commissioner to start enabling the process of fracking for shale gas if it did not have the potential to make a significant contribution to energy security and help guarantee lower gas prices for EU citizens.“While the question whether ‘to frack or not to frack’ is up to each EU Member State, the Commission is in a key position to provide accurate information and good policy guidance. “The evidence we heard today from two experts – David Hughes and Werner Zittel – strongly challenged the hype surrounding shale gas as a genuine option for Europe’s much-desired energy security.“It poses serious questions as to why any energy policy mix should include this new and expensive technology if there is not a reasonable return of gas supply.“The EU and its individual Member States have to make policy choices based on good evidence, and the analysis we heard today indicates that fracking should not be part of any sustainable energy mix for Europe,” the Ireland North & West MEP concluded. MEP HARKIN CHALLENGES CLAIMS MADE BY FRACKING COMPANIES was last modified: May 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MEP HARKIN CHALLENGES CLAIMS MADE BY FRACKING COMPANIESlast_img

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