In order to enhance the overall level of transparency and enable close monitoring of environmental impacts of the unconventional hydrocarbons exploration or production activities, the Commission has set up an Unconventional Hydrocarbons Database providing an EU-wide inventory of planned and existing unconventional oil and gas wells. Its aim is to make available data as called for in the Recommendation using 2014/70/EU on minimum principles for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons using high-volume hydraulic fracturing, inter alia information published by Member States and operators. The interactive online platform is expected to consist of site-specific information such as: administrative information (permits, licenses, etc.); technologies and operations; geological aspects; use of fracking products and chemicals in the EU; environmental aspects (including baseline, monitoring results, environmental impact assessments, etc.); and, risks (including induced seismicity, releases, emissions, etc.).
This database is currently under development and will be further elaborated over the next three years. Should you wish to submit site-specific information for consideration by the European Commission, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org specifying the source of information.