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Natural Gas: Exploration

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 4th September 2012.

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Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Conservative, Daventry

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the 14th round of licences for the exploration of shale gas to be released for competition; and what the reasons are for the time taken to release the licences.

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

The Department aims to invite applications for a new round of onshore licenses as early as practicable. However, this will depend on a number of factors, including consideration of the responses to the report of a panel of experts on the seismic events in Lancashire last year and consideration of the recommendations of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society in their report published in June on hydraulic fracturing in shale gas extraction. I will make an announcement on further onshore licensing as early as possible.

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