KRAKOW, Poland, Sept 28 Poland will most likely
veto any attempt by the European Union to limit shale gas
development with EU-wide regulation, a foreign ministry official
told an energy forum on Wednesday.
Commenting on the possibility of an EU-wide anti-shale gas
regulation, Maciej Olex-Szczytowski told the European
Unconventional Gas Summit: "Quite possibly we are going to veto
any interference in our country's energy independence."
Poland, home to Europe's largest reserves of unconventional
gas according to some studies, has often argued there is no need
for such regulations, though some countries have considered
limiting or even banning drilling due to environmental concerns.
In May, France's lower house of parliament approved a bill
that would ban shale gas drilling. Opposition has centred over
potential pollution from the large amounts of water and
detergent used in the technique of hydraulic fracturing, or
According to a recent study by the U.S. Energy Information
Administration, Poland's technically recoverable reserves of
shale gas are the biggest in Europe at an estimated 5.3 trillion
(Reporting by Patryk Wasilewski)