Fracking: Regulation

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 17th January 2019.

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Photo of Lee Rowley Lee Rowley Conservative, North East Derbyshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what is the annual cost to the public purse will be of the Shale Environmental Regulator Group.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

The Shale Environmental Regulator Group (SERG) complements the existing regulatory regime and operates in a virtual capacity. This is afforded through existing budgets to the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive and Oil and Gas Authority, with the exception of some specific incremental costs for three roles within the Environment Agency which cover activities for coordination and communications which are to be agreed annually. The cost within this first year for these roles is £75,000 and there have been no further additional roles or funding to any of the other regulators.

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