Committee to question DECC Minister

31 March 2011

The Energy and Climate Change Committee will hold the final public evidence hearing of its ‘Shale Gas’ inquiry at 9.15 am on Tuesday 5 April 2011 in Room 8 [updated], Palace of Westminster.


Who will the Committee hear from?

At 9.15 am: Department of Energy and Climate Change

Charles Hendry MP, Minister of State
Simon Toole, Director of Oil and Gas Licensing, Exploration and Development 

Which topics 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?

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