Fracking: Lancashire

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 2nd May 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 the scope is of the Oil and Gas Authority’s scientific analysis of the data gathered during the shale gas operations and Preston New Road; what data will be included in the Authority's analysis; and whether the conclusions of that analysis will be accompanied by recommendations for future regulation of the UK shale gas industry.

Photo of Lee Rowley Lee Rowley Conservative, North East Derbyshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timeframe is for the Oil and Gas Authority’s analysis of data from shale gas operations at Preston New Road; and if he will publish the conclusions of that analysis when it is concluded.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

As part of their normal responsibilities as one of the independent regulators of the shale gas industry, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) is carrying out a scientific analysis of the data gathered during the operations at Preston New Road. It is not a review of the traffic light system.

The OGA will work with recognised and independent geologists and scientists with expertise in hydraulic fracturing operations to assess the data and will provide updates on the progress of this analysis on their website as appropriate.

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