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Fracking Week in Westminster (21st-22nd July)

24th July 2014

Transcripts of this week’s parliamentary questions and statements on:

  • Water use in fracking
  • Ineos shale gas processing plans at Grangemouth

With thanks to TheyWorkForYou.com

21st July 2014

Tom Greatrex (Shadow Minister (Energy); Rutherglen and Hamilton West, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the volume of water required in shale gas extraction for

(a) a single hydraulic fracture and

(b) over the course of a well’s lifetime.

Ed Davey (The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; Kingston and Surbiton, Liberal Democrat)
The recent Strategic Environmental Assessment for further onshore oil and gas licensing, carried out by AMEC on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change, estimated that between 10,000 and 25,000 cubic metres of water would be required for hydraulic fracturing of each well and it is predicted that each well might be re-fractured once during its lifetime.

In this context, Water UK, which represents the water industry, and UK Onshore Operators Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which ensures their respective members will cooperate throughout the shale gas exploration and extraction process in order to minimise adverse effects on water resources and the environment.

22nd July 2014

Backbench business
Loan guarantee for Ineos to build a shale gas processing plant at Grangemouth
Eric Joyce (Falkirk, Labour)
A couple of issues arise from the current situation. First, given that the gas that is imported will come from fracking, we need to take a position on whether we support fracking. I do support fracking, but it is a contentious issue and not everyone in this House agrees with it. In addition, Dart Energy has a substantial coal bed methane extraction project in my constituency. I firmly support that as well. Locally, the Scottish National party has campaigned against coal bed methane extraction. I do not know what position it will take on the importation of gas that is extracted through fracking. The view that it has taken suggests that it will be against it in principle, and therefore against the employment of a large number of my constituents.

Tom Brake (The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons; Carshalton and Wallington, Liberal Democrat)
We then listened to the contribution from Eric Joyce, who is no longer in his place, on the issue of Grangemouth. We have all followed that story, and I think we can all welcome the outcome, which has secured the jobs of many thousands of workers. He also highlighted his support for fracking and methane extraction, which given that our nation needs energy diversity, are potentially important sources of energy.

The House of Commons is now in recess and the House of Lords breaks at the end of the month. Fracking Week in Westminster returns in September.

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