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unstar this property date less than 2019-04-24more like thismore than 2019-04-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Fracking: Regulation remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is ensure that members of the public are reassured about the adequacy of the regulatory system for shale gas extraction. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency York Outer more like this
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Julian Sturdy more like this
star this property uin 247025 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
star this property answer text <p>The UK regulatory regime for shale gas is considered among the most robust and stringent in the world.  In October 2018 we established a Shale Environmental Regulator Group (SERG) to act as a single-entry point for the environmental regulation of the shale gas industry and bring the three regulators (Oil and Gas Authority, the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive) together to act as one coherent entity.</p><p> </p><p>Local communities have met with the regulators at public information events and community liaison groups. During fracking operations at the Preston New Road site in Lancashire the regulators provided newsletters to residents and published information online on ‘Citizen Space’, including inspection reports and results from environmental monitoring. The regulators are visible and responding to community concerns.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-05-01T16:03:27.327Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-01T16:03:27.327Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Julian Sturdy more like this
1122729
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unstar this property date less than 2019-04-24more like thismore than 2019-04-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Fracking: Regulation remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what submissions his Department has received from (a) members of the public and (b) civil society groups on concerns over the maintenance of tremor limits in fracking regulations. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency York Outer more like this
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Julian Sturdy more like this
star this property uin 247024 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
star this property answer text <p>The Department routinely receives correspondence from members of the public and civil society groups in relation to the regulatory regime for shale gas extraction, including the traffic light system.</p><p> </p><p>The Traffic Light System for monitoring induced seismicity was introduced after consideration of advice from scientists, following operations at Cuadrilla’s Preese Hall site in 2011. The level of magnitude 0.5 at which operators must pause operations, was set in consultation with industry as an appropriate precautionary measure. These regulations have been working as intended and there are no plans to review the traffic light system.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-05-01T16:03:21.27Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-01T16:03:21.27Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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4079
unstar this property label Biography information for Julian Sturdy more like this
1081914
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unstar this property date less than 2019-03-04more like thismore than 2019-03-04
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Fracking: Regulation remove filter
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the consent process for acidising is the same as for fracking; how many applications for acidising have been granted in the last five years for which figures are available; and what health and safety critieria have to be met as part of that consent process. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
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Dr David Drew more like this
star this property uin 227944 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-07more like thismore than 2019-03-07
star this property answer text <p>Acidisation refers to a number of techniques used to clean wells to improve productivity. Activities at oil and gas sites (including acidisation) are controlled under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 and regulated by the Environment Agency.</p><p>When assessing an environmental permit application the Environment Agency considers the proposed activity, the chemicals and products used in the process, waste management and the environmental setting. The permit ensures that there are appropriate mitigation measures in place to protect people and the environment. If the proposed activity poses an unacceptable risk to the environment it will not be permitted.</p><p>There are currently 78 onshore oil and gas sites permitted by the Environment Agency, some of these sites will be allowed to use the acidisation technique as part of their processes.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Devizes more like this
star this property answering member printed Claire Perry more like this
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less than 2019-03-07T11:30:13.913Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-07T11:30:13.913Z
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star this property label Biography information for Claire Perry more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
1079364
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unstar this property date less than 2019-02-28more like thismore than 2019-02-28
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Fracking: Regulation remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons shale gas regulators do not conduct independent well integrity reports for hydraulic fracturing operations. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North East Derbyshire more like this
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Lee Rowley more like this
star this property uin 227154 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-07more like thismore than 2019-03-07
star this property answer text <p>The Infrastructure Act 2015 makes it clear that hydraulic fracturing activities cannot take place unless an independent inspection of the well has been carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). My rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State will not issue a Hydraulic Fracturing Consent unless he is satisfied this has happened. Specifically, the Secretary of State will require a certificate from the HSE confirming that an inspection of the well site has been carried out by its inspectors.</p><p> </p><p>To this end, every shale well site will receive an on-site inspection by the HSE as well as the Environment Agency in the exploration stage. Through notifications and weekly reports made by the well operator, the HSE also inspects well design and monitors progress to ensure the operator manages risks effectively throughout the life cycle of the well. The HSE’s inspection of these notifications and weekly reports, which occurs before and during construction, is carried out by specialist wells inspectors. Any significant changes to well construction are subject to the same scrutiny.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Devizes more like this
star this property answering member printed Claire Perry more like this
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less than 2019-03-07T13:51:30.057Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-07T13:51:30.057Z
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star this property label Biography information for Claire Perry more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lee Rowley more like this
1079363
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unstar this property date less than 2019-02-28more like thismore than 2019-02-28
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Fracking: Regulation remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether shale gas regulators have an agreed process for safe recycling of flowback from hydraulic fracturing operations. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North East Derbyshire more like this
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Lee Rowley more like this
star this property uin 227153 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-07more like thismore than 2019-03-07
star this property answer text <p>Flowback fluids are deemed to be a mining waste under the Mining Waste Directive and require an environmental permit for management on site.</p><p>A company wishing to use hydraulic fracturing would need approval from the Environment Agency on its proposed methods for safe reuse and recycling as part of its Waste Management Plan. The Environment Agency and the European Commission have provided guidance on appropriate methods and techniques. This assessment is made on a case by case basis.</p><p>The Environment Agency has adopted a precautionary approach and does not allow the re-injection of flowback fluid for disposal underground.</p><p>All environmental and waste permits in relation to Preston New Road can be found on the Environment Agency site: <a href="https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/onshore-oil-and-gas/information-on-cuadrillas-preston-new-road-site/" target="_blank">https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/onshore-oil-and-gas/information-on-cuadrillas-preston-new-road-site/</a>.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Devizes more like this
star this property answering member printed Claire Perry more like this
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less than 2019-03-07T10:56:21.757Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-07T10:56:21.757Z
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star this property label Biography information for Claire Perry more like this
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4652
unstar this property label Biography information for Lee Rowley more like this
1035184
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unstar this property date less than 2019-01-04more like thismore than 2019-01-04
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Fracking: Regulation remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what is the annual cost to the public purse will be of the Shale Environmental Regulator Group. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North East Derbyshire more like this
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Lee Rowley more like this
star this property uin 205382 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-01-17more like thismore than 2019-01-17
star this property answer text <p>The Shale Environmental Regulator Group (SERG) complements the existing regulatory regime and operates in a virtual capacity. This is afforded through existing budgets to the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive and Oil and Gas Authority, with the exception of some specific incremental costs for three roles within the Environment Agency which cover activities for coordination and communications which are to be agreed annually. The cost within this first year for these roles is £75,000 and there have been no further additional roles or funding to any of the other regulators.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Devizes more like this
star this property answering member printed Claire Perry more like this
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less than 2019-01-17T10:03:36.08Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-17T10:03:36.08Z
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star this property label Biography information for Claire Perry more like this
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4652
unstar this property label Biography information for Lee Rowley more like this
1035181
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unstar this property date less than 2019-01-04more like thismore than 2019-01-04
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Fracking: Regulation remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many employees the new Shale Environmental Regulator Group plans to employ. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North East Derbyshire more like this
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Lee Rowley more like this
star this property uin 205379 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-01-17more like thismore than 2019-01-17
star this property answer text <p>The Shale Environmental Regulator Group is a virtual entity bringing together the regulators of the onshore oil and gas sector, including shale gas operations (the Environment Agency, the Health and Safety Executive and the Oil and Gas Authority). Each of these regulators has the appropriate expertise and is properly resourced to enforce the regulations for which they are responsible. The Shale Environmental Regulator Group creates a single interface for Mineral Planning Authorities and industry, to streamline information access to the regulations, and three current employees of the Environment Agency have been deployed to support this new entity.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Devizes more like this
star this property answering member printed Claire Perry more like this
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less than 2019-01-17T10:03:30.173Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-17T10:03:30.173Z
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star this property label Biography information for Claire Perry more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lee Rowley more like this
1035183
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unstar this property date less than 2019-01-04more like thismore than 2019-01-04
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Fracking: Regulation remove filter
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason the new Shale Environmental Regulator Group was established instead of extending the remit and powers of the (a) Health & Safety Executive, (b) Environment Agency and (c) Oil and Gas Authority. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North East Derbyshire more like this
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Lee Rowley more like this
star this property uin 205381 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-01-14more like thismore than 2019-01-14
star this property answer text <p>The UK regulatory regime for shale gas is considered among the most robust and stringent in the world but it is also complex with three regulators: the Environment Agency, the Health and Safety Executive and the Oil and Gas Authority. Therefore, the Government has brought the existing regulators together through a virtual Shale Environmental Regulator Group to act as a single point of contact for Mineral Planning Authorities and industry, to improve the efficiency in resolving regulatory issues on sites and to share best practice.</p><p> </p><p>The Government is confident that the right protection is in place to explore shale safely and each regulator will continue to retain its own independent regulatory functions with the virtual regulator group having no statutory powers.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Devizes more like this
star this property answering member printed Claire Perry more like this
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less than 2019-01-14T15:55:21.967Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-14T15:55:21.967Z
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3974
star this property label Biography information for Claire Perry more like this
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4652
unstar this property label Biography information for Lee Rowley more like this
1035182
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unstar this property date less than 2019-01-04more like thismore than 2019-01-04
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Fracking: Regulation remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what new powers will be conferred on the Shale Regulator in addition to the powers held by existing regulators. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North East Derbyshire more like this
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Lee Rowley more like this
star this property uin 205380 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-01-14more like thismore than 2019-01-14
star this property answer text <p>The Shale Environmental Regulatory Group is a virtual entity bringing together the Environment Agency, the Health and Safety Executive and the Oil and Gas Authority to provide a single interface for Mineral Planning Authorities and industry. It is not a statutory body and has no new powers or regulatory responsibilities. Each regulator will continue to retain its own independent regulatory functions, duties and enforcement powers as set out in law.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Devizes more like this
star this property answering member printed Claire Perry more like this
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less than 2019-01-14T15:55:15.59Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-14T15:55:15.59Z
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3974
star this property label Biography information for Claire Perry more like this
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4652
unstar this property label Biography information for Lee Rowley more like this
1122786
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unstar this property date less than 2019-04-24more like thismore than 2019-04-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Fracking: Regulation remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if it is his Department's policy not to review the limits on seismic disturbance. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lewisham East more like this
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Janet Daby more like this
star this property uin 247160 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
star this property answer text <p>The Traffic Light System for monitoring induced seismicity was introduced after consideration of advice from three scientists, following operations at Cuadrilla’s Preese Hall site in 2011. The level of magnitude 0.5 at which operators must pause operations, was set in consultation with industry as an appropriate precautionary measure. These regulations have been working as intended and there are no plans to review the traffic light system.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-05-01T16:04:41.15Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-01T16:04:41.15Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Janet Daby more like this