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Shale Gas Environmental Summit, London 2-3 November

2nd to 3rd November 2011, Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, United Kingdom

8.30Registration & Coffee
Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Richard Selley, Emeritus Professor of Petroleum Geology & Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College, London.

The shale revolution and its impact on UK and EU climate policy
  • At their last summit, EU leaders have agreed that the prospects for European shale gas development will be carefully considered in coming months
  • The financial crisis is forcing European governments to cut subsidies and incentives for green energy programs
  • Natural gas is becoming ever more attractive, both economically and politically, and is increasing investment away from expensive nuclear and renewable energy projects
  • Over borrowed European governments, businesses and people are unlikely to resist shale gas which promises hefty new revenue and a clean energy source which requires no subsidy
  • A shift towards natural gas makes reducing emissions of carbon dioxide possible without raising energy prices

Benny Peiser, Director, The Global Warming Policy Foundation.

UK shale gas exploration from 1875 – now
  • UK’s first well to encounter shale gas drilled in 1875
  • UK shale gas resources identified by Imperial College in early 1980’s
  • UK shale gas exploration somnolent for 25 years
  • UK shale gas exploration in the 21st century

Richard Selley, Emeritus Professor of Petroleum Geology & Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College, London.

10.30Morning Coffee
Managing the environmental risks from shale gas exploration and development in the UK
  • Risks to water and air
  • Regulatory regime
  • Environment Agency’s responsibilities
  • Managing public concern

Tony Grayling, Head of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Environment Agency.

Climate and regulatory uncertainties: arguments for a moratorium in the UK

    • Implications for decarbonising our electricity sector and developing a low carbon economy
    • How does regulation compare with other industries and have the risks been adequately evaluated?

Chris Shearlock, Environment Manager, The Co-operative Group (C W S) Ltd.

12.20Networking Lunch
Water Management Issues and Solutions for Shale Gas Exploration and Production

    • Water Management issues 
    • Environmental Impact Assessment 
    • Treatments for Recycling and Discharge of Flowback water
    • Case Studies

Karim Essemiani, Business Development Manager, Veolia Water.

Transferability of the Shale Gas Revolution
  • Main environmental aspects
  • How shale gas is currently treated in Europe
  • How does the EU currently regulate
  • Industry actions to address regulations
  • The renewables regime
  • Policy agreements


Tessa Davis, Associate. Energy and Infrastructure, Linklaters.

Vanessa Havard-Williams, Global Head of Environment, Linklaters.

2.40Afternoon Tea
Water and the Shale Gas Industry – time to pull the plug?

    • The critical  role of water in Shale Gas operations
    • The hydro-social challenge – the US experience and the UK scene
    • Possible industry and political responses
    • Shale Gas and Rethinking the Water-Energy relationship

Michael Coffey, Managing Director, Aquastrat.

Climate change implications of shale gas

    • Global climate change agenda
    • Role of shale gas in meeting this agenda
    • Trade off of energy security and climate change

Kevin Anderson, Professor, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Shale gas and the ‘gas revolution’ in relation to ‘coal+CCS’: European and emerging economy solutions to energy and climate change

    • UK and Europe shale gas in relation to climate change policies: prospects, barriers, possibilities
    • India, China, Australia shale gas prospects, domestic demand, barriers, possibilities
    • Comparison of environmental issues: shale gas and CCS

Mike Stephenson, Head of Energy, British Geological Survey.

Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Richard Selley, Emeritus Professor of Petroleum Geology & Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College, London.

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