Committee to question environment agency on shale gas

25 March 2011

In a change to the previous committee announcement, the Department of Energy and Climate Change will not give evidence tomorrow. The session with the Minister of State will be rescheduled and details confirmed in a later press notice when available.


The Energy and Climate Change Committee will hold the third public evidence hearing of its ‘Shale Gas’ inquiry at 10.15 am on Tuesday 29 March 2011 in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House.

Who will give evidence?

At 10.15 am: Environment Agency

  • Tony Grayling, Head of Climate Change and Sustainable Development]
  • Tony Marsland, Head of Groundwater 

What will be covered?

  • 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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