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?