Environment Agency: Manpower

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Shadow Minister (Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employees of the Environment Agency are assigned to dealing with shale gas issues.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Environment Agency currently has one national officer assigned full time to the environmental regulation of shale gas. A further 20 national officers are actively involved in supporting this work as part of their roles.

The Environment Agency allocates other officers to regulate and permit these activities on a local site by site basis, subject to the scale of the operation and regulatory need. The Environment Agency estimates that there are currently approximately 40 officers involved in this work across England and Wales. However, these officers undertake a wide range of different regulatory roles and are not solely dedicated to regulating and permitting shale activities.

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