Fracking Poses a Threat to European Water: EP Water Group President

06 Jan 2014 Posted by: Water Network Research

Hydraulic fracturing poses a potential threat to European water sources, so European Union member states must ensure that companies exploring for and exploiting shale gas deposits comply with all environmental directives, according to European Parliament Water Group founder and President Richard Seeber.

“I really believe that fracking does pose a danger for European water deposits. We do not have technology that would eliminate the danger of having water contaminated though the process,” Seeber told OOSKAnews in a recent interview during a parliamentary session in Strasbourg, France.

“I believe when the world comes up with waterless fracking technologies that prove to be efficient and danger-free, then shale gas exploration and extraction will get a significant boost throughout Europe,” he said. “The bottom line is this: all the EU member states have to strictly comply with the EU environment directives, and what we demand now, that shale gas explorers and drillers should be bound to performing continuous environmental impact assessments -- from the start of shale gas exploration until the fracking phase, and thereafter.”

Seeber said the most recent Water Group meeting, held back in October, had focused on water recycling.

“I really believe the [European] Commission ought to come up with a strict, European-water-interests-corresponding law” on the issue, he said. “The issue of water reuse is getting especially crucial, with more European regions struggling with droughts and with entire sectors, like agriculture or energy, suffering from them as a result.”

January 2, 2014

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