Lords to question Environment Agency on fracking regulation

02 December 2013

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will on Tuesday 3 December 2013 take evidence from the Office of Unconventional Gas & Oil, the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive in a session focused on the regulatory framework surrounding shale gas development.


At 3.35 pm, Tuesday 3 December, Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords

  • Duarte Figueira, Director, Office of Unconventional  Gas & Oil, Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chairman, Environment Agency
  • Tony Grayling, Head of Climate Change and Communities, Environment Agency
  • Peter Baker, Director, Hazardous Installations Directorate, Health and Safety Executive

Areas the Committee will cover with the witnesses include:

  • How their organisations will organise the regulation of shale gas exploration and what their respective roles are.
  • How permits for shale exploration are awarded and whether the process needs to be speeded up.
  • What concerns they have over air quality near shale gas extraction sites based on the evidence from the USA.
  • How important local agreement to shale extraction in an area is if it is to proceed and what can be done to encourage that.

 Further information

Image: Environment Agency


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