19th May 2014
Another conference opens this morning on fracking, the UK shale gas industry and public reaction to it.
Today’s event, at the Mermaid conference centre in London, comes less than a week after Shale Gas World, the two-day fracking industry meeting at the NEC at Birmingham.
Nick Grealy, of the No Hot Air website, said at that conference: “The only people making any money out of shale are G4S and conference organisers.
Organisers of today’s conference are GovToday.co.uk, which describes itself as “an unrivalled media platform dedicated to delivering the latest news and views from across all fields of government through an on-going programme of events and online communications.”
Many of the speakers were also on the platform at Shale Gas World, including:
- Andrew Austin, Chief Executive of IGas
- Dan Byles MP, of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas
- Tony Bosworth, Climate and Energy Campaigner at Friends of the Earth
- Robert Gatliff, Diirector of Energy and Marine Geoscience, British Geological Survey
- Duarte Figueria, Head of the Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil, at the Department for Energy and Climate Change
Different speakers include Sarah O’Hara, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, on research into the public reaction to fracking, Paul Mobbs, an environmental investigator, Jim Marshall, of Water UK, and Matthew Townsend, a partner at Allen & Overy, on the legal view of the fracking debate.
We’ll be reporting from the conference throughout the day.