Fracking

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 3rd November 2017.

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Photo of Mike Amesbury Mike Amesbury Labour, Weaver Vale

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the environmental effect of fracking.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In 2012, an independent review by the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering concluded that the environmental risks associated with hydraulic fracturing can be managed effectively in the UK if operational best practices are implemented and enforced through regulation. In 2013, the Environment Agency (EA) published An Environmental Risk Assessment for Shale Gas Exploratory Operations in England’ on gov.uk, which reviewed the potential environmental risks and how they can be minimised and managed through environmental regulation. We have a robust regulatory regime in this country, which the Government has committed to keep under review as the industry develops. The EA carries out detailed site specific risk assessments where fracking is proposed and will not issue a permit unless it is satisfied that the risks can be managed.

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