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Regulating Shale Gas

The Challenge of Coherent Environmental and Energy Regulation

Leonie Reins

Regulating Shale Gas discusses the regulatory context of shale gas in the European Union and draws conclusions on the EU’s broader approach towards the regulation of new technologies. Providing the first dedicated examination of the overall regulatory context of shale gas in the EU, Leonie Reins reveals how the EU’s new constitutional setup after the Lisbon Treaty has complicated rather than facilitated the EU’s quest for a common energy policy.
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Chapter 4: Conclusion

Leonie Reins


This chapter combines the findings of the analysis of the overall regulatory and policy framework on shale gas, departing from the very specific (the case of shale gas) – over the discussion of competence-related issues – to more conceptual issues, namely the regulation of ‘new’ technologies. It answers the question to what extent does the regulation of ‘new’ technologies such as shale gas highlight the challenges of a coherent regulation of energy and environment in the European Union. Key Words: shale gas; new technologies; legal basis; energy law and policy; environmental law and policy

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