Committee takes evidence on economics of shale gas and oil

15 October 2013

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will take evidence on 15 October from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the British Geological Survey as it continues its inquiry into the economic impact on UK energy policy of shale gas and oil.

The Committee will ask the witnesses about the scale of the UK’s shale gas resource identified so far, what the next steps are,  what the roles of DECC and the BGS have been in quantifying shale gas resources, how much shale oil and gas might  contribute to the UK economy and what risks shale  development might pose to UK water supplies.

The witnesses will also be pressed on when commercial prospecting is likely to begin in the UK and if is being delayed by government inaction.


Tuesday 15 October in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords.


  • Professor Mike Stephenson, Director of Science and Technology, British Geological Survey
  • Ms Toni Harvey, Senior Geoscientist, Department of Energy and Climate Change

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