Lords question energy entrepreneur and EU Commission on shale gas

14 January 2014

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee is holding evidence sessions with Christopher Wright, US energy entrepreneur and CEO of Liberty Resources and Alan Seatter, Deputy Director General of Environment at the EU Commission.


On Tuesday 14 January, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

at 3.35pm:

  • Christopher Wright, energy entrepreneur, CEO of Liberty Oilfield Services and Liberty Resources

at 4.30pm:

  • Alan Seatter, Deputy Director General - Environment, EU Commission

In the first session with Mr Wright the Committee will question him on the American experience of shale gas extraction and what lessons the UK can learn from it, whether the higher population density of the UK as opposed to America makes shale gas extraction more difficult and how the legal position in the UK, where minerals underground belong to the Crown rather than the landowner whose land they are found below, impacts on the likelihood of rapid development of a productive shale gas industry in this country.

The Committee will then hear from Mr Seatter and ask how far European legislation impacts on the production of shale gas and oil in Member States. The Committee will also ask how recent changes to the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive might affect the development of shale gas and oil production in the EU.

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