Shale gas is natural gas (predominately methane) found in shale rocks. Advances in technology – notably hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ – over the last decade have made shale gas development economically viable. Planning permission has been given at a number of sites in Wales for exploratory drilling for shale gas. Further planning permission would be required for a full-scale extraction process.
The Committee will examine the potential for shale gas exploration and commercial-level extraction in Wales. It will also explore co-ordination between the UK Government and Welsh Government, the Welsh Government’s role in the regulatory process, and the environmental and economic impact of shale gas.
Evidence session details:
Date: Monday 9 December 2013
Time: 4.15 pm
Location: Committee Room, House of Commons (exact location to be confirmed)
Ron Loveland, Energy Advisor, Welsh Government
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This is the third in a series of inquiries that the Committee will hold into energy generation in Wales during this Parliament.
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