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Environmental risks of fracking: new inquiry terms of reference

04 December 2014

The Environmental Audit Committee is undertaking an inquiry on the environmental risks of fracking.

Points to address

Submissions of written evidence are invited addressing the following points:

  • The risks from fracking operations in the UK, including potential risks to water supplies and water quality, emissions, habitats and biodiversity, and geological integrity
  • Necessary environmental safeguards, including through the planning/permitting system
  • The implications for our carbon emissions reduction obligations

Submitting written evidence

The Committee invites written submissions on these issues by via the inquiry page.

The personal information you supply will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purposes of attributing the evidence you submit and contacting you as necessary in connection with its processing. The Clerk of the House of Commons is the data controller for the purposes of the Act. We may also ask you to comment on the process of submitting evidence via the web portal so that we can look to make improvements. If you have any queries or concerns about the collection and use of this information or do not wish your details to be used for the purpose of collecting feedback, please email the Committee providing your full name, address, and if relevant your organisation.

Each submission should

  1. be no more than 3,000 words in length
  2. be in Word format with as little use logos as possible
  3. have numbered paragraphs
  4. include a declaration of interests.

Please note that

  • Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.
  • Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organisation submitting it is specifically authorised.
  • Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
  • Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases. 

Further information 

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