Written statement to Parliament
Outcome of the strategic environmental assessment
From:Department of Energy & Climate Change and Baroness Verma Delivered on:28 July 2014 History:Published 28 July 2014 Part of:Providing regulation and licensing of energy industries and infrastructure and Energy
Statement by Baroness Verma on the outcome of the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) which has been conducted for further onshore licensing.
I am pleased to inform the House of the outcome of the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) which has been conducted for further onshore licensing.
This Coalition Government believes that shale gas has the potential to provide the UK with greater energy security, growth and jobs. Effective exploration and testing of the UK’s unconventional gas resources is key to understanding the potential for this industry so the Government is creating the right framework to accelerate unconventional oil and gas development in a responsible and sustainable way.
The last round of onshore licensing, the 13th, was conducted in 2008, and the Department began preparations in 2010 for a 14th Round. However, these were interrupted when two seismic tremors were triggered in April and May of 2011 by fracking operations at Preese Hall in Lancashire. Work on the SEA was resumed following the introduction of new control measures against seismic risks, and a new Environmental Report was published on 12 December 2013 for public consultation. The consultation closed on 28 March 2014, and some 2400 responses were received from a wide variety of bodies, organisations and individuals.