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Ruven Fleming delivered opening speech of shale gas conference in Augsburg, Germany

19 November 2018
Dr. Ruven Fleming

On 8 November Dr. Ruven Fleming delivered the opening speech of a two day conference in Augsburg, Germany called `Fracking Europe. Multidisciplinary perspectives on a checkered technology`. The University of Augsburg asked Dr. Fleming to open the conference with a speech about his findings on shale gas regulation in Europe that he summarized in his book `Shale Gas, the Environment and Energy Security` last year.

The two day conference was initiated by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the central self-governing organisation of German Universities, which is financed by the German government. The meeting brought together researchers from various disciplines and all European Member States with shale gas potential to reflect on the developments on shale gas research in Europe.

In his opening speech Dr. Fleming assessed the effectiveness of existing fracking bans and moratoria. Selected examples from three countries (France, the UK, and Germany) were used to highlight legal `pitfalls` of prohibitive shale gas regulation. Dr. Fleming concluded that the design of some European moratoria and bans is poor and that they could be successfully challenged before courts, once companies decide that the business case for shale gas extraction in Europe is improving again.

This article was published by the Faculty of Law.

Last modified:19 November 2018 2.35 p.m.

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