Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for the unconventional oil and gas market in the UK - planning changes, environmental regulation and tackling the scale-up challenges

Morning, Thursday, 4th April 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely conference discusses the next steps for growing the unconventional oil and gas market in the UK.


It takes place at a time of significant policy development, including recent consultations on changes to the planning process for potential hydraulic fracturing sites, such as the inclusion of shale in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime.


Delegates will consider the potential opportunities for industry - and implications for local communities - of moving shale gas into the NSIP regime.


They will also assess the effect across stakeholder groups of the current planning process and further options going forward, with discussion expected on challenges for putting into place key infrastructure, and on current environmental standards and assurances.


With the launch of the Shale Environmental Regulator Group and open consultation on compulsory community pre-application consultation for shale gas development, sessions will look at next steps for environmental regulation.


Discussion will focus on the concerns of local communities and environmental campaigners - including water pollution, tremors and drilling emissions - as well as the opportunities for industry to expand community and stakeholder engagement.


Delegates will also assess the next steps for the current traffic light system, and the implications of increasing the 0.5 magnitude threshold, in order to improve productivity of onshore wells. 


As industry begins to produce shale gas from UK wells, further sessions will assess the next steps for overcoming barriers to the commercialisation of domestic shale into the UK energy mix - as well as questions around the economic viability of the sector and the implications for further investment and exploration for additional wells, taking into account oil price trends.



Keynote Speaker

Natascha Engel

Commissioner for Shale Gas, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Keynote Speakers

Charlotte Danvers

E&B Manager, Onshore Oil and Gas Programme, Environment Agency

Professor Mike Stephenson

Director of Science and Technology, British Geological Survey

Natascha Engel

Commissioner for Shale Gas, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Chair

Lord Truscott

former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy (2006-2007)

Speakers

Patrick Robinson

Partner, Burges Salmon

Ken Cronin

Chief Executive, UKOOG

Bill Whitelaw

Governance & Nominations Chair and Director, Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources; President and Chief Executive Officer, JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group and Director, UK Energy Strategies

Ian Campbell

Principal Environmental Scientist, AECOM