No more shale gas regulation needed, says Environment Agency

Concerns over the expansion of shale gas operations are largely overblown, MPs heard last month. And existing regulation can be used to ensure safe extraction

The technology used for shale gas extraction can be managed safely under existing UK regulations, the Environment Agency told a House of Commons select committee.

The energy and climate department (DECC), the environment department (DEFRA), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Health and Safety Executive all agree with the agency.

Agency evidence

MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Committee took evidence from Tony Grayling and Tony Marsland, the agency’s heads of climate change and groundwater, on 29 March. The inquiry’s first hearing was in February (ENDS Report 433, p 57).

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