21 Jun '16, 3pm

Brexit could lead to a bonfire of fracking regulations - The Ecologist

Brexit could lead to a bonfire of fracking regulations - The Ecologist

It's often said that around 80% of environmental regulations in member states derive from EU law. In the case of fracking, there are more than 15 EU directives and regulations that apply. Almost all of the UK's environmental regulations on fracking could be removed if the UK votes to leave the EU, according to legal experts who warn that a vote to Brexit could lead to moves that would fast-track fracking across the country. The vast majority of the EU rules derive from 15 European Directives, which means that Parliament - and the current government - would be able to amend or even undo them in the event of a Brexit. Most of the changes would require only secondary legislation, say the lawyers. In some cases rules could simply be more easily ignored, without fear of action by European courts. Regulations on water use and contamination, the safe use of chemicals, air polluti...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2987839/br...

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