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All Written Answers on 14 Jul 2014
Tom Greatrex (Shadow Minister (Energy); Rutherglen and Hamilton West, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the quantity of shale gas in the Bowland reserve that is located (a) above and (b) below a depth of one kilometre from the surface.
Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 14 July 2014, c456W)
Michael Fallon (The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ; Sevenoaks, Conservative)
DECC has published a study estimating the gas resources of the Bowland shale accessible at:
This estimates gas resources at depths of 5,000 ft (approx. 1.5 km) and greater. The report does not consider it likely that any gas resource which might be found at shallower depths could be commercially viable to extract with current technology.
No estimate has been made of shale gas reserves, that is, the proportion of the estimated resource that might be technically and economically producible.