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Lords Economic Affairs to hear from shale advocates and academic expert

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, which is investigating the possible impact of shale gas and oil on the UK's  energy policy, will next week take evidence from industry advocates of onshore development of  shale gas and oil

This will be followed by evidence from Professor Robert Mair CBE who oversaw the Royal Society's report Shale gas extraction in the UK: a review of hydraulic fracturing.

In the first evidence session at 3.35 pm on Tuesday 29 October the Committee will hear from Ken Cronin, from UK Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) and Dan Lewis from Future Energy Strategies. The Committee will question the witnesses on the possible economic impact of shale gas in the UK, what US experience implies for  the UK  and on  the environmental impact of fracking and shale gas extraction. 

The Committee will then hear from Professor Mair at 4.30pm. He will be asked about the key findings of the Royal Society's report, for his views on the possible environmental risks presented by fracking, including earthquakes, and whether he feels the government have responded adequately to the report.

Both sessions will be held in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords on Tuesday 29 October.

The session will be webcast at and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament's Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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