UK Government urges shale gas developers to apply for drilling licences | Shale Gas Environmental Summit

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SMi's 4th Shale Gas Environmental Summit, taking place on 22-23 October in London, will tackle the latest industry issues by sorting the myths and facts surrounding pollution and seismic activity, debating legislation currently in place and the evolution of policy for better regulation, evaluating the technological advancements in environmentally sustainable fracking solutions, assessing public-private awareness & engagement initiatives, discussing environmental risk management and analysing the reality of shale gas as an economically viable alternative to meet the UK and Europe’s ever-growing energy consumption.

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The UK government has urged prospective shale gas developers to come forward and apply for drilling licences. Energy Minister Michael Fallon said the UK has the right regulation in place for shale gas development to boost the country's energy security, investment prospects and jobs. The government hopes to launch the UK's 14th onshore licensing round next year with guidance provided on technical planning, mainly related to health, safety and environmental protection, for shale gas development by July 2013.

However, concerns remain over potential environmental risks over pollution and seismic activity which SMi’s 4th Shale Gas Environmental Summit focusses on with key presentations addressing:

  • The myths from the facts surrounding pollution and seismic activity
  • How to navigate the regulatory landscape currently in place and the evolution of policy for better legislation
  • Evaluation of technology advances in environmentally sustainable hydraulic fracturing solutions
  • Analyse public-private awareness & engagement initiatives
  • Discuss environmental risk management
  • Assess the reality of shale gas as an economically viable alternative to meet the UK and Europe’s increasing energy consumption

Expert Speaker Panel includes:

  • Keisuke Sadamori, Director, Energy Markets and Security, IEA
  • Scott Foster, Director of Sustainable Energy Division, UN Economic Commission for Europe
  • David Kennedy, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change
  • Kevin Skipworth, CVO, Agent General, Government of Western Australia
  • Vanessa Harvard Williams, Partner and Global Head of Environment and Climate Change Team, Linklaters
  • Rob Foulkes, Senior Associate, Critical Resource
  • Corin Taylor, Senior Economic Advisor, Institute of Directors
  • Dr Marco Althaus, Professor of Social Sciences, Wildau Technical University
  • Jake White, Lawyer, Friends of the Earth

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