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No government information on shale gas employment, flow back waste or treatment methods – Minister

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Blow-out preventer at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road, near Blackpool. Photo: Cuadrilla’s PNR Live

The government has not estimated the potential effect on employment of shale gas, according to the Energy Minister, Claire Perry. Nor has it assessed the likely volume of flowback waste.

Sarah Wollaston MPThe lack of information came in response to a series of written parliamentary questions from the Conservative MP, Sarah Wollaston (left).

The answers, released yesterday, also produced no detail on what method would be used to dispose of waste from shale gas sites. In response to this question, the minister said:

“It is the operator’s responsibility to agree disposal methods with the appropriate regulators as part of their planning application for all shale gas development.”

Dr Wollaston, the MP for Totnes, is the chair of the parliamentary Health and Social Care Select Committee. She also chairs the Liaison Committee, made up of MPs who chair the House of Commons select committees. According to information from TheyWorkForYou, these were her first questions about shale gas.

She asked about the potential effect of projected shale gas sites referred to in the unpublished Implementation Unit Report on Shale gas. Contents from the report, released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, indicated that the Implementation Unit estimated 17 sites by 2020, 30-35 sites by 2022 and 155 sites by 2025.

Dr Wollaston asked for Government estimates of the effect of these projected sites on:

  • Employment
  • Volume of flowback waste
  • Disposal methods for flowback waste

Claire PerryMs Perry (right) replied:

“BEIS [the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy] has not made any estimates of the potential effect on employment from the future development of the shale gas industry.”

And:

“The Government has not made an assessment of the amount of flowback waste which would be produced from any future shale gas development.”

No estimate on number of shale gas wells or their value

Yesterday’s written answers follow another set of ministerial replies about the industry earlier this week which also provided no information.

In these answers, reported by DrillOrDrop, Ministers confirmed there was:

  • no up-to-date estimate on the number of shale gas wells in the UK for the period to 2030
  • no news on a decision on Third Energy’s fracking consent

In reply to a question about the estimated value of UK shale gas reserves, a Treasury minister pointed to the most recent Economic and Fiscal Outlook, produced by the Office of Budget Responsibility. But this did not refer to shale gas nor separate any contributions from the onshore or offshore oil and gas industries.


Transcripts

With thanks to TheyWorkForYou.com

Question by Sarah Wollaston, Conservative, Totnes, Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee and the Liaison Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Implementation Unit Report on Shale Gas, what estimate the Government has made of the potential effect on employment of the projected (a) 17 sites by 2020, (b) 30-35 sites by 2022 and (c) 155 sites by 2025.

Reply by Claire Perry, Energy Minister, Conservative, Devizes

BEIS has not made any estimates of the potential effect on employment from the future development of the shale gas industry.

Written answer, 2 March 2018, link to transcript

Question by Sarah Wollaston

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Implementation Unit Report on Shale Gas, what estimate the Government has made of the amount of flowback waste which would need to be disposed of for the projected (a) 17 sites by 2020, (b) 30-35 sites by 2022 and (c) 155 sites by 2025.

Reply by Claire Perry

The Government has not made an assessment of the amount of flowback waste which would be produced from any future shale gas development.

Written answer, 2 March 2018, link to transcript

Question by Sarah Wollaston

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the implementation unit report on shale gas extraction, what disposal method will be used for flowback waste from (a) the 17 sites by 2020, (b) the 30 to 35 sites by 2022 and (c) the 155 sites by 2025.

Reply by Claire Perry

It is up to the operator to agree disposal methods with the appropriate regulators as part of their planning application for any future shale gas development.

Written answer, 2 March 2018, link to transcript

Question by Sarah Wollaston

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Implementation Unit Report on Shale Gas, which disposal method is planned to be used for the projected (a) 17 sites by 2020, (b) 30-35 sites by 2022 and (c) 155 sites by 2025.

Reply by Claire Perry

It is the operator’s responsibility to agree disposal methods with the appropriate regulators as part of their planning application for all shale gas development.

Written answer, 2 March 2018, link to transcript

63 replies »

  1. My local schools have returned today. I understand there are some areas where this has been prevented by the weather. Do keep warm and safe.

  2. Thanks for warning the posts are going to be inane by adding the symbol. (The emoji-how to excuse a pointless post-the Art of the Internet.)

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