Government scientific experts questioned on risks of fracking

07 January 2014

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will question Sir David King and Professor David MacKay next Tuesday 7 January as part of its investigation into the economic impact of shale gas and oil.


On Tuesday 7 January 2014, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 3.35pm:

  • Sir David King, Special Representative for Climate Change, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government
  • Professor David Mackay, Chief Scientific Officer, Department of Energy and Climate Change


They will be asked by the Committee about the possible environmental and health risks of hydraulic fracturing.

Other questions the witnesses will face include:

  • Do you think any further research is required into potential health risks for nearby communities?
  • What can we learn from the US experience in relation to possible health and environmental dangers?
  • Do you believe the risks under discussion can be adequately managed within the current regulatory framework?
  • Is the level of self-regulation in the industry appropriate?
  • How compatible do you think the development of shale gas is with the UK's targets for reducing carbon emissions?
  • What is your view of the potential for shale gas development in the UK?

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