Shale Gas

Part of Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 19th June 2014.

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Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Shadow Minister (Energy) 9:30 am, 19th June 2014

The Minister in his reply referred to robust regulation, and he is right that robust regulation is important, as is comprehensive monitoring of those regulations to meet the higher public acceptability test for this technology. Given that groundwater can contain methane naturally, will the Minister explain why it is that, more than two and half years after the issue being raised with his predecessors, it is still the case that the regulations do not include the baseline monitoring of methane in groundwater, especially as there are concerns about such contamination in the US and elsewhere? Surely it is important that we have that as part of the regulation to ensure confidence in the regulatory regime for shale gas.