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Poland vows to veto any EU law on shale gas fracking
Date 03/10/2011 13:37  Author webmaster  Hits 1141  Language Global
• 03 OCT 2011

Marek Strzelecki and Ben Farey Warsaw | IOL Business Report

POLAND would veto any EU legislation that threatened its sovereignty in energy policy, Maciej Olex-Szczytowski, an adviser to the Polish foreign minister on economics and business, said yesterday.

“We’re going to veto any attempt of interference in our sovereignty in the sphere of energy policy,” Olex-Szczytowski said at a conference in Krakow when asked about a potential initiative to pass EU legislation regulating shale-gas exploration.

Poland, which is seeking to reduce its reliance on Russian gas, might hold enough fuel trapped in shale to meet its needs for 300 years, the US Department of Energy said in April.

France, like Poland a member of the EU, in July became the first country in the world to ban hydraulic fracturing – whereby water, sand and chemicals are pumped into rock to release trapped fuel – amid concern it may contaminate water supplies.

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