On March 12, 2014, the European Parliament (EU) supported a proposed update to make environmental impact assessments (EIAs) clearer, to ensure that EIAs take into account biodiversity and climate change, and to involve the public via a central web portal.

Approximately 200 types of projects are covered in the directive, including bridges, ports, roadways, and landfill sites.

Shale gas projects, including hydraulic fracturing, were not included in the legislation.

However, according to the EU’s press release, “new aspects of gas projects will have to be taken into account, notably the risks to human health due to water contamination, use of … Continue Reading