Fracking: Lancashire: 14 Jul 2014: Hansard Written Answers – TheyWorkForYou

Fracking: Lancashire

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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.

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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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/226874/BGS_DECC_BowlandShale GasReport_MAIN_REPORT.pdf

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.

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