Shale gas sector in Poland and its prospects in the Czech Republic – Kosciuszko Institute report

"Shale gas sector in Poland and its prospects in the Czech Republic: overview and recommendations" is a new  Kosciuszko Institute's report on geological, legal, social and economic factors behind radically different approach adopted by Poland and the Czech Republic to unconventional gas and oil production.

Poland has opted for rapid development of the shale gas sector, whilst our southern neighbour introduced a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. The latest report by Kosciuszko Institute investigates similarities and differences between Poland and the Czech Republic in the approach to shale gas – the commodity that has reshaped the world's energy map.

In the era of energy incertitude caused by a high and ever increasing dependence of EU Member States on oil and gas imports, it is vital to ensure access to commercially viable and secure reserves of hydrocarbons, in particular those of natural gas. Development of local unconventional gas and oil resources is a potential option.

In its latest report titled “Shale gas sector in Poland and its prospects in the Czech Republic: overview and recommendations", the Kosciuszko Institute reviews geological, legal, social and economic factors behind radically different approach adopted by Poland and the Czech Republic to unconventional gas and oil production. The report contains conclusions and recommendations on continued shale gas sector development in Poland and the Czech Republic, also in a broader context of EU Member States.

The Kosciuszko Institute's report was prepared under the project “About the shale gas in the Czech language. Polish-Czech awareness campaign on břidlicovy plyn”, as financially supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy under the contest ”The Polish-Czech Forum: Support to Polish-Czech Relations 2014".

10.12.2014

source: Kosciuszko Institute

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