A boom in shale gas "may be a blessing for the environment" | Shale Gas Environmental Summit, 27-28 October 2014, London, UK

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SMi's 5th Shale Gas Environmental Summit 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, analysing public-private awareness & engagement initiatives, discussing environmental risk management and assessing the reality of shale gas as an economically viable alternative to meet the UK and Europe’s increasing energy consumption.

Shale Gas Environmental Summit, 27th - 28th October 2014, London, UK

A boom in shale gas "may be a blessing for the environment", according to academics at the University of Oxford. However there has been public concern about possible environmental and health risks, which has delayed the exploration and appraisal needed to assess the UK’s economically recoverable onshore shale gas reserves. Researchers have concluded that "When carefully regulated, impact on water could be minimised while greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced when unconventional gas crowds out coal and provides efficient backup for renewable power [...] Implementation of smart policies will be critical to ensure that these resources are not only a winner for politics and economics, but also for the environment".
(Source: Shale Dispatch, 5 June 2014, "Global shale gas boom potential ‘blessing’ for environment", http://www.shaledispatch.com/global-shale-gas-boom-potential-blessing-for-environment-oxford-university-paper/)

However strong public concern still remains over possible environmental and health risks such as groundwater pollution and seismic activity. It is against this backdrop that SMi’s 5th Shale Gas Environmental Summit will provide the ideal platform for various industry representatives including operators, environmentalists, campaigners, NGOs, academics and researchers to come together and discuss the environmental aspects of shale gas extraction and production.

Speaker Panel includes:

  •     Julian O’Halloran, Reporter, BBC
  •     Alan Riley, Professor of Law, City Law School, City University
  •     Mark Ellis-Jones, Onshore Oil & Gas Programme Executive, Environment Agency
  •     Paul Crossley, Leader of the Council and Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Bath and North East Somerset Council
  •     Nick Grealy, Publisher, No Hot Air
  •     Harry Huyton, Head of Climate and Energy Policy, RSPB
  •     Jim Marshall, Policy and Business Advisor, Water UK
  •     Ken Cronin, Chief Executive, UK Onshore Operations Group
  •     Paul Stevens, Distinguished Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
  •     John Ord, Business Director – Thermal Power & Energy Networks, MWH Global
  •     Marianne Pascal Flynn, Geoscientist Research Fellow, IASS

To view the full speaker line-up and two-day conference programme, visit http://www.smi-online.co.uk/2014shale30.asp

Plus, don't miss the interactive full-day post-conference workshop:
Shale Gas - An Uncoventional Resource |29th October 2014 | Holiday Inn Regent's Park | 8:30 - 17:00 | Led by Ian Woolen & Patrick Seferovich, PI Energy Consultants

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