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Natural Gas: Exploration

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 5th July 2012.

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Photo of Eric Ollerenshaw Eric Ollerenshaw Conservative, Lancaster and Fleetwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration his Department has given to the findings of the joint Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering report on shale gas extraction in the UK: a review of hydraulic fracturing; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

We welcome the initiative of the two academies in conducting this study. This review of the evidence is a very valuable addition to public information, since it has been conducted by authoritative bodies independent of the industry and of the regulators.

DECC is considering the report's analysis and findings and will certainly be taking the academies' conclusions into account, both when considering current issues in relation to hydraulic fracturing and with a view to any longer term strategic approach should shale gas eventually move from the exploration to development phase.

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