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Ineos warned over shale payments + other reports from oil/gas summit

Oil and gas companies, regulators, local authorities and the supply industry have been meeting in London for the past two days at the European Shale Oil and Gas Summit.

We were unable to get a place at the summit so we could not bring you our usual first-hand reports of the presentations. As a second best, we’ve collected together tweets and reports from oil and gas websites. An anti-fracking protest, originally planned for Day 1, was held on Day 2.

List of speakers

Day 1: Monday September 29th 2014

A big issue of Day 1 appeared to be the proposal by Ineos to offer 6% royalty payments to landowners and communities affected by shale drilling.

Process Engineering writes that Andrew Austin, Chief Executive of IGas, warned in his presentation these payments could prove harmful in perpetuating the suspicion that there is something “wrong” with shale gas.

“The more people are given money, the more people think there is a reason that they need to be compensated,” said Austin, speaking at the European Shale Gas and Oil Summit (ESGOS) in London yesterday.

“We already have 100% business rates retention, which equals 3% of our revenues going straight through to the councils. There are a number of ways (to support communities) and some are more eye-catching than others, but I think we need a more balanced approach.”
Source

Dan Byles, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas, said: “If you don’t offer anything you get asked ‘what’s in it for us’, if you do then you get told ‘you’re giving us bribes’,” said Byles, who is the chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Unconventional Oil and Gas.

“Payments are an artificial benefit, whereas the organic and natural benefit (of shale sites) is economic development, but that takes a lot longer to occur.”

Day 1 Twitter stream

Key issues commented upon on in tweets from Day 1: regulation, good practice, greenhouse gas emissions, the anti-fracking movement.

‏@the_JenRoberts
#shalegas companies need opportunities to show to the local communities that they can be good neighbours” @DanBylesMP #ESGOS @ESGOS2014

@the_JenRoberts
Dan Byles #ESGOS “the moment we give up on UK #shale gas, we give up on regulatory controls to minimise potential emissions from extraction”

@BlakeEzraPhoto
A pleasure for our team to shoot the European Shale Gas Oil Summit today in central London. #ESGOS #photography #conference #London

@simonclydesdale
at #ESGOS, 1st thing I hear is Polish delegate: ‘methane emissions are negligible’ in fracking. Didn’t realise there wd be a comedy spot

@simonclydesdale
Recognition from @British_Water that current system can’t cope with volumes & type of contam water from mature UK #fracking industry #ESGOS

@the_JenRoberts
Newly published report on potential lifecycle GHG from shale gas extraction in Scotland presented today at #ESGOS: http://www.climatexchange.org.uk/reducing-emissions/life-cycle-assessment-ghg-emissions-unconventional-gas1/

@the_JenRoberts
#shalegas companies need opportunities to show to their local communities that they can be good neighbours” @danielbyles #ESGOS

@the_JenRoberts
Most recent YouGov survey of public attitudes to #shalegas in the UK keeps being mentioned at #ESGOS. Link below: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2014/september/scottish-people-most-sceptical-on-fracking,-survey-shows.aspx

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@simonclydesdale
Yeah they do that, contaminants #ESGOS

@simonclydesdale
Easyjet homage at #ESGOS today. #fracking & aviation – brothers in arms in heating the planet

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@simonclydesdale
#frackers can’t control the people but will try to control the politics #ESGOS

@UKTI
Speak to Dave Hodgson, UKTI’s energy specialist at #ESGOS – find out about #shale opportunities in the UK

@simonclydesdale
NuTech #fracking consultants say ‘we new to drill an awful lot of holes very quickly’ in UK & want govt help #ESGOS

@simonclydesdale
Nutech: anti-fracking movement protests are ‘pain US companies could do without’, so they re running shy of UK investment #ESGOS

@simonclydesdale
Nutech: anti-fracking movement ‘lunatic fringe’. My mum always said ‘takes one to know one’. Not lunacy & deffo not fringe #ESGOS

@simonclydesdale
#ESGOS #fracking conference awkward mix of seminar/sales pitch. Room full of chequebooks but big uncertainty on shale economics & resources

@the_JenRoberts
Who knew analysing patents could be interesting? Analysis of #shalegas patents finds monitoring technology is moving forward FAST #ESGOS

@simonclydesdale
I now know more about #fracking patents than I ever thought possible. Shoot me now #ESGOS

@bareftdoctor
Admission of PR fail?@simonclydesdale: #frackers can’t control the people but will try to control the politics #ESGOS

@byjohnmckenna
Ineos warned by rival over shale offer – Process Engineering http://processengineering.theengineer.co.uk/oil-and-gas/ineos-warned-over-shale-offer/1019262.article … #ESGOS

Day 2: Tuesday September 30, 2014

Key issues included: how to engage with communities, hydrocarbons present in the Bowland shale, media reporting, the anti-fracking protest outside.

Twitter stream

@ESGOS2014
Day 2 of #ESGOS – starting with stakeholder engagement #energy #security

@ESGOS2014
Looking forward to another open debate at #ESGOS – audience interaction is a better platform than Twitter! #Debate

@ESGOS2014
Great to see Chorley and Hampshire councils joining the stakeholder engagement panel #ESGOS #debate #shale #gas

@ESGOS2014
Hampshire County Council – needs to be good partnership between authorities, operators and regulators #ESGOS #Perception #ShaleGas

@ESGOS2014
Media Reporting – local media hollowed out by the internet #ESGOS #ShaleGas. One sided scrutiny – Dougal Paver

@ESGOS2014
Responsible journalism, support from communities, businesses and TIME required to ensure successful dialogue #ESGOS #Cuadrilla #Shale #Gas

@ESGOS2014
Only facts can build trust. #Shale #Gas #ESGOS #Local #Landscape

@ESGOS2014
“Get communities involved at the earliest stage” – Chorley and Hampshire County Council Planners – #Agreement #ESGOS

@ESGOS2014
GENUINE and Early Engagement #ESGOS #Debate #Shale #Local #Councils

@ESGOS2014
Nick Riley – geology is at the heart if Shale Gas -Public unaware of UK geology #ESGOS

@ESGOS2014
17kg block of shale from NW England – analysis published in July confirms hydrocarbons naturally in rocks #ESGOS

@ESGOS2014
Not simple layer cake geology like America but surface footprint will be less #ESGOS #Shale #Gas

@the_JenRoberts
Nick Riley at #ESGOS – there’s not just methane in the Bowland Shale – we need to find out how much other v.useful hydrocarbons are there.

‏@bareftdoctor
Interesting. “@ESGOS2014: Media Reporting – local media hollowed out by the internet #ESGOS #ShaleGas. One sided scrutiny – Dougal Paver”

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@ellbphotography
Anti fracking protest outside Lancaster Hotel W2. #ESGOS. Why not RT or turn up

@ellbphotography
Lancaster Hotel #ESGOS

@ESGOS
Strong turnout for the final session at #ESCGOS #Shale #Gas

4 replies »

  1. The conference was held at IOM3 in Mayfair last year.

    This year the conference venue information was to be confirmed privately at a central London location! Nothing unexpected in that in the slightest!

    • Thank you for your comment. I thought the conference was planned for IOM3 but will correct this point. Thanks for drawing my attention to it.

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