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Regulating Shale Gas

The Challenge of Coherent Environmental and Energy Regulation Leonie Reins, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of International and European Law and Senior Member, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium
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.
Extent: 232 pp
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78643 318 3
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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.

Shale gas has already transformed the energy outlook in the United States, but despite high expectations, exploration has failed to take off fully in the EU. This book investigates the reasons for this failure, as well as other related developments impacting both energy and environmental law, by highlighting the essential elements of coherent regulation of technologies. It further analyses other cross-cutting issues relating to the environmental and energy supply security challenges and offers insights into the regulation of the different sectors and the most topical developments.

The regulation of shale gas is set to become an increasingly important issue, receiving attention of energy and environmental legal scholars, politicians and industry worldwide. This book will also appeal to legal practitioners seeking expertise in the law and policy of shale gas extraction in the EU.
‘In this book, Dr. Leonie Reins skillfully analyzes EU shale gas regulation, and compares it to the regulation of carbon capture and storage and nanotechnology. In addition, she masterfully places shale gas regulation in the context of the EU energy policy. Rather than limiting herself to identifying deficiencies, Dr. Reins moves carefully through the regulatory and policy maze, with much eye for detail and nuance, to develop an insightful legal and policy account. Interestingly, she believes that a new regulatory “principle of conservatism” may be in the making, which would provide the EU with “an excuse for regulation.” Irrespective of whether that is true, there is no excuse for not reading her intriguing analysis.’
– Lucas Bergkamp, Hunton & Williams LLP

Dr. Reins book about shale gas regulation in the European Union addresses one of the most fundamental questions in the shale gas debate: what is the competence of the Union to regulate shale gas in the first place? In the middle of intense discussions on how shale gas should be regulated, Dr. Reins has taken a step back and smartly recognized where the discussion should have actually started from. With her valid and sharp arguments, she guides the reader through her profound analysis that is based on a very extensive collection of legal and policy literature. Ultimately, the book is not only about shale gas but about regulating energy activities in general. Hence, this book will be of great interest not only to people interested in shale gas regulation, but in regulating energy in the European Union in general.’
– Oil, Gas and Energy Law (OGEL)
Contents: I: Introduction – A Research Agenda for Shale Gas in the European Union 2. In Search of the Legal Basis for Energy and Environmental Regulation at the EU Level: The Case of Unconventional Gas Extraction and its Impacts on a Common European Energy Policy 3. Regulation of Technology Versus Technology of Regulation – Risk and Regulatory Design of “New” Technologies in the European Union- Lessons for and from Shale Gas 4. Conclusion