Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Mark Menzies Mark Menzies Conservative, Fylde

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the level of potential flaring on shale gas sites.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Flaring of gas at onshore sites in England requires a permit from the Environment Agency and the consent of my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State under the Energy Act 1976. Our policy is that any flaring should be reduced to the economic minimum.

In the Strategic Environmental Assessment carried out for the 14th onshore licensing round, the level of flaring for unconventional oil and gas was assessed to be 500,000 cubic meters of methane per fractured exploration well.

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