Committee to hold first evidence session of Shale Gas inquiry

04 February 2011

The Energy and Climate Change Committee will hold the first oral evidence session of its ‘Shale Gas’ inquiry at 9.45 am on Wednesday 9 February 2011 in Committee Room 16 [updated], Palace of Westminster.


Who will give evidence?

At 9.45 am

  • Nigel Smith, Geologist, British Geological Survey, and
  • Professor Richard Selley, Petroleum Geologist, Imperial College London

At 10.45 am

  • Jenny Banks, Energy and Climate Change Policy Officer, WWF, and
  • Professor Kevin Anderson, Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester

All timings are approximate.


What will the session cover?

  • What are the prospects for shale gas in the UK, and what are the risks of rapid depletion of shale gas resources?
  • What are the implications of large discoveries of shale gas around the world for UK energy and climate change policy, including investment in renewables?
  • What are the risks and hazards associated with drilling for shale gas?
  • How does the carbon footprint of shale gas compare to other fossil fuels?
  • Is there a case for calling a moratorium on shale gas exploration until the local-pollution and global-environmental impacts are better understood?


Further information

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