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Poland Looks To Link With UK To Protect Shale Gas Development

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Jessica Shankleman, Business Green

The UK and Poland could form an alliance to defend their right to explore shale gas against any possible EU sanctions, as the two countries attempt to ease fears around water contamination caused by fracking.

The country’s new environment minister, Maciej Grabowski, told the newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna yesterday that his first priority would be to accelerate the extraction of shale gas, by passing a new bill to help potential investors jump environmental hurdles. […]

The UK and Poland are the most keen to develop their shale gas reserves of any of the bloc’s 28 member states as they hope the deployment of new energy sources will boost their economies and bring down energy prices. But their enthusiasm is at odds with Germany and France, which have banned fracking over environmental fears, and nearly two-fifths of EU citizens who say they do not want to see any shale gas developments on the continent.

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