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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

Fracking: The Debate on Hydraulic Fracturing for Gas

The Mermaid, London

Hosts are Govtoday and Securing the Future. Confirmed speakers include Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Professor Richard Davies, Durham
  • Duarte Figueira, Head of the Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
  • Dan Byles MP, All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas
  • Professor John Loughhead, Executive Director, UK Energy Research Centre

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Fracking was banned temporarily in 2011 after two earthquakes of 2.3 and 1.5 in magnitude were recorded in Blackpool. Despite evidence that it can cause earthquakes; a new Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) undertaken by consultancy AMEC and commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) found that 'fracking' – the hydraulic fracturing method of extracting gas from shale rock – should continue. The assessment claims that new fracking activity could deliver up to 25 per cent of the UK's current gas demand in the 2020s while supporting between 16,000 and 32,000 additional jobs. Environmental activists, however, have slammed the report claiming that fracking will bring with it "significant negative effects" such as groundwater contamination, radioactive waste, severe methane leakage, air pollution and climate change.

Fracking: the Debate on Hydraulic Fracturing for Gas will discuss how the advancement of fracking could contribute significantly to the UK's energy security and reduce the reliance on imported gas as the country moves to a low carbon economy. Whilst assessing any potential environmental risks associated with fracking and need for the industry to consistently apply good practice, and the need for proper scrutiny and oversight of the industry to address any risks across the entire lifecycle of shale gas extraction.