An energy revolution is underway. A landmark decision in North Yorkshire to extract onshore shale gas is the first application approved since 2011. Local authorities will see a dramatic increase in onshore oil and gas applications, what do councils need to have in place to meet demand and how can they work with all stakeholders to endure the best decisions are reached for their communities?
The government have set out the vital role gas will play in the UK’s transition to a low-carbon and energy secure future. The 14th Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round will enable a significant amount of the UK’s shale gas prospects to be taken forward to be explored and tested safely. The process is not without controversy with concerns over environmental impacts and noise pollution resulting in legal appeals and public demonstrations.
New rules require councils to hit tougher targets for determining applications or face government intervention and the risk of sanctions. Councils must now determine at least 50 per cent of onshore oil and gas applications within 13 weeks or 16 weeks if an Environmental Impact Assessment is required. Such planning decisions are technical and subject to overlapping regulatory regimes based on planning, environmental and safety authorisations. 2016 will see a major acceleration in application activity, what do councils need to have in place to ensure they can cope with demand and new decision timescales?
The UK Onshore Oil & Gas: Planning & Environment Summit will give help, guidance and support to local councils to ensure they have the right and most accurate information to help make good decisions on applications in their area.
The 14th Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round has been issued to explore both conventional and unconventional resources in the UK. Around 75% of the 159 blocks being offered by the UK’s oil and gas regulator, the OGA, relate to unconventional shale oil and gas. The license itself does not give direct permission for operations to begin and additional regulatory requirements apply to this kind of activity. Public consultations, planning permissions, environmental permits from the Environment Agency and consent from the Health and Safety Executive are just some of the permissions that must be granted. It is a complex and technical process and there are concerns that councils are not equipped with the expertise to ensure applications are determined by the correct standards of evidence and criteria. Local authorities will see a dramatic increase in onshore oil and gas applications in 2016, how can they ensure regulatory requirements are assessed to standard without costly appeals and delays on decisions?
The government wants to get shale gas moving and drive the industry towards secure, home grown energy to the benefit of taxpayers and businesses alike. New rules mean that the speed at which councils decide onshore oil and gas applications will now be scrutinised. Councils must determine at least 50 percent of onshore oil and gas applications within just 13 weeks, or 16 weeks if an environmental impact assessment is a requirement. Missing these tougher timeframes could result in government intervention or sanctions. The Secretary of State can now recover shale gas appeals with a priority for urgent resolution. Will a fast-track process for onshore oil and gas applications make decisions easier or more difficult by fostering scrutiny and suspicion from the public? When and how can councils make greater use of time extensions and agreements with developers to ensure the best decisions are reached?
It has been estimated that due to the decline in domestic gas reserves Britain will be importing three quarters of its natural gas by 2030. With increasing global instability in markets and areas of supply it vital UK citizens can rely upon clean, secure and affordable energy supplies. The government has taken action with a number of measures to ensure domestic energy capability is improved. The Infrastructure Act 2015 gives drilling access to land 300 metres below ground level and deeper to firms exploring for oil, gas or geothermal energy, without needing the landowners permission. The British Geological Survey estimates that Bowland Shale in the North of England contains 1,300 trillion cubic feet of gas whilst in Southern England shale rocks hold 4.4bn barrels of oil. There is however vehement opposition to fracking in terms of the risks to the environment, the threat to the health of local communities, and disruption to the quality of life of local people. How can controversy be reduced and all stakeholders engaged? What actions can local authorities take to best evaluate the economical benefits alongside the environmental impacts of operations?
The UK Onshore Oil & Gas: Planning & Environment Summit will give help, guidance and support to local councils to ensure they have the right and most accurate information to help make good decisions on applications in their area.
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UKOOG is the representative body for the UK onshore oil and gas industry including exploration, production and storage. The organisation’s objectives are to enhance the profile of the onshore industry, promote better and more open dialogue with key stakeholders, deliver industry-wide initiatives and programmes and to ensure standards in safety, the environment and operations are maintained to the highest possible level. Membership is open to all companies active in the onshore industry including those involved in the supply chain.
Pegasus Group is a leading independent planning, design & environmental consultancy, involved in every aspect of the planning process. Providing specialist planning, landscape, environmental and consultation knowledge and expertise to support the oil and gas industry. We are a focused team of professionals committed to securing success for our clients.
Metasphere has over 30 year’s experience in delivering telemetry and control solutions to ensure that an organisation’s regulatory compliance is met through reliable collection, visualisation and reporting of data, enabling users to manage networks and assets in real time. Metasphere offer local and cloud-based monitoring platforms which are designed to provide affordable telemetry for monitoring, reporting and alarming.
From remote environmental monitoring equipment, asset monitoring, public utility networks, monitoring gases or flow rates in sewers our equipment and SCADA systems are used around the world in the Water, Gas, Mining, Environmental and Agricultural sectors.
DSDM is a robust Agile project management and delivery framework that delivers the right solution at the right time.
DSDM has been for many years the leading, proven Agile approach, providing governance and rigour along with the agility and flexibility demanded by organisations today. The approach is the culmination of practitioners’ experience drawn from a wide range of public and private sector projects over nearly two decades.
GVL Geomatic Ventures
GVL provide satellite based ground motion surveys for environmental safety and security.
We have developed a system that can identify and monitor very precise surface ground movements as an early warning system for a range of industries.
Our surveys offer continuous ground coverage over all classes of terrain and land cover.
Founded in 2015, GVL is a spin out company from the University of Nottingham with offices based on the University of Nottingham Innovation Parka and the Harwell Space Campus (ESA Business Incubation Centre).
The national stakeholder engagement team at Curtins has more than 20 years’ experience delivering some of the most challenging consultation and community engagement programmes in the country.
We work extensively with onshore oil and gas operators to consult communities and facilitate meaningful dialogue. With so much noise around the topic of oil and gas, now more so than ever, it is crucial we inform stakeholders and ensure the right messages are reaching the right people.
Our approach fulfils the statutory requirement to consult widely with the media, with politicians and with the wider community and their representatives by sharing information about operators and their proposals while promoting the benefits and negating any issues.
We offer a blend of public affairs, media relations, community liaison, event management and marketing communications skills – all underpinned by our experiences and a broad knowledge of the industry.
GeoTool-Inject gives users unique abilities to extract significant amounts of information, in real time, about their shale It allows them to monitor, characterise and optimise their fracture network, giving them the visibility and control to ensure safety, reduce environmental impact, improve efficiency and increase the volume of connected fractures.
Geomec Engineering provides subsurface injection services to oil & gas operators worldwide. These services include GeoTool-Inject, a monitoring & analysis software solution for subsurface injection operations (disposal, pressure-support and shale stimulation.
Barton Willmore is the UK’s largest independent Planning & Design Consultancy. Specialising in obtaining planning permission for all forms of onshore oil and gas development while managing the risk associated with the consenting process, we can provide sound, robust advice to guide you from inception through to operation.
Ken Cronin, Chief Executive, UKOOG (UK Onshore Oil and Gas)
Ken is the Chief Executive of the newly re-launched trade body UKOOG (UK Onshore Oil and Gas). UKOOG is the representative body for the UK onshore oil and gas industry including exploration, production and storage across both conventional and unconventional sources. The organisation’s objectives are to enhance the profile of the onshore hydrocarbons industry, promote better and more open dialogue with key stakeholders, deliver industry wide initiatives and programmes and to ensure standards in safety, the environment and operations are maintained to the highest possible level.
Ken has more than 20 years’ global experience in media, investor and government relations and has worked in and with many companies across the nuclear, renewables, oil and gas and power sectors. Prior to his role at UKOOG, Ken spent 10 years at worldwide communication agency Kreab Gavin Anderson as Head of Global Energy.
Louise Rich, Planning & Consents Manager, Centrica
Before joining Centrica Louise was a planning solicitor in private practice for a number of years predominantly advising developers of energy proposals through the planning process including appeals and public inquiries. Since joining Centrica’s development team in 2010 Louise has provided consenting input and management on a number of projects in Centrica’s portfolio including offshore wind, biomass and onshore natural gas exploration. She has been actively involved in the development and management of many Environmental Impact Assessments and consultations on planning proposals with local communities, local authorities and statutory consultees.
Neil McBride, Planning Manager, Lincolnshire County Council
Neil McBride has been the Planning Manager at Lincolnshire County Council for the past 10 years. He is responsible for the majority of planning functions undertaken by the County Council including processing of minerals and waste planning applications, the Council’s own developments, the Lincolnshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan and monitoring and enforcement matters. He has over 25 years’ experience of processing applications for oil and gas developments in Lincolnshire from small exploration development sites to a large underground gas storage facility. This included acting as the Council’s lead witness in a public inquiry for underground gas storage development.
More recently he has being the Council’s principal contact for unconventional oil and gas developments in Lincolnshire and led a training programme for Councillors and Officers within his organisation to prepare them for receiving planning applications for developments of this nature.
Lincolnshire has a long history of oil and gas developments and is often close to the top of the table for the number of oil and gas applications received by Minerals Planning Authorities.
Mark Lappin, Exploration and Subsurface Director UK, Centrica
Mark has 33 years’ experience in upstream oil and gas businesses, working with ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and DART Energy.
Originally a geologist, Mark has worked in petroleum systems around the world and from early exploration to mature production in a series of technical and management roles.
In July 2013 Mark moved to Centrica in role of Director of UK/Netherlands Exploration and Subsurface. This includes responsibility for onshore natural gas development. Previously, he acted as Europe General Manager at DART Energy and his tasks included bringing pilot production on-line and progressing development in unconventional gas licences in Central Belt of Scotland and northern England as well as running an active exploration programme in Poland.
Prior to this, Mark acted as Germany Exploration Manager for ExxonMobil with a portfolio of unconventional gas acreage including CBM and Shale Gas. He has been involved in European onshore natural gas development since 2007.
Pete Davis, Technical Director, Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure
Pete Davis is a Technical Director with Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure with 25 years of experience, beginning with work as a mudlogger working on rigs and platforms in the North Sea in the late 80s. He has worked for Amec Foster Wheeler for more than 16 years. He has directed and managed numerous projects for all tiers of government concerning the development of strategic and operational responses to sustainability, including application of the SEA directive, sustainability appraisal, management systems development, performance measurement and stakeholder engagement practices.
He leads the provision of strategic assessment services to the public and private sector. In this role, he has completed more than 100 Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) and many Habitat Regulations Assessments (HRAs) of plans and programmes covering energy infrastructure, nuclear decommissioning, submarine dismantling, waste management, water resources, land use and economic development (with clients in UK, Europe and South America).
He is also responsible for directing Amec Foster Wheeler’s business development with regional and local government. This is informed by his work for numerous local planning authorities on the development of their local plans, which has included critical friend support provided through the Planning Advisory Service. In consequence, he is familiar with development, appraisal, challenge and implementation of local planning policies and their relationship to national planning policy and guidance.
He provides expert witness evidence to inquiries and examinations and has presented at many conferences (for bodies such as the RTPI, CIWEM and IEEM).
Paul Foster, Director, Barton Willmore
Paul heads up the oil and gas team within the Barton Willmore Energy group. He has successfully obtained planning permission on behalf of a number UK oil and gas operators for onshore exploration, production, underground gas storage and gas pipelines. Paul is a member of UKOOG and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain.
Professor Paul Younger FREng, FRSE, Rankine Chair of Engineering and Professor Energy Engineering, University of Glasgow
Paul Younger holds the Rankine Chair of Engineering and is Professor Energy Engineering at the University of Glasgow, where he has been leading research on geothermal energy and other aspects of low-carbon energy since 2012. He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Geologist, and has been accorded the two professional honours of election to the Royal Academy of Engineering (2007) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2016). He also holds two honorary doctorates, from leading universities in Spain and Peru – reflecting decades of engagement in Spain and Latin America, facilitated by his fluent Spanish. Paul has enjoyed a varied career ranging from early days in pure science (principally geology), through water resources and environmental engineering (especially groundwater engineering), on through mining environmental engineering to energy engineering. There are several persistent threads running through all of these experiences, mainly to do with quantitative geoscience, numerical modelling of fluid flow and reactive mass transfer, and the translation of high-level conceptual principles into hands-on engineering solutions – invariably for purposes which he believes are socially and environmentally benign.
Paul owes his formal education to Newcastle University (BSc and PhD) and Oklahoma State University (MS), where he spent two very happy years as a Harkness Fellow (1984-86). His education was extended – and continues to be – by industrial experience. This has included periods working with Yorkshire Water, the National Rivers Authority, Centro Yunta (La Paz, Bolivia) and Northumbrian Water (as a Royal Academy of Engineering secondee). In addition, Paul has co-founded five companies over the years, and remains a director of two, which are active in the water and geothermal energy sectors. Paul spent just under 20 years at Newcastle University, where he taught water and environmental engineering; founded and led the HERO research group (which won the University the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the first time in 2005); established what is now the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research; founded and Directed the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability; served as the University’s Public Orator; and was the UK’s first-ever Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement. He joined Glasgow University in August 2012.
At Glasgow, Paul is currently lead supervisor for seven PhD students and manages a team of five postdocs. Paul serves on the University’s governing body (Court) and is centrally involved in efforts to improve the efficiency and lower the carbon emissions of the campuses; he now has formal responsibility for this as Chair-designate of the University’s new Sustainability Governance Board. As a fluent speaker of Scottish Gaelic, he also serves on the university’s Gaelic Committee. Beyond the university, Paul is active on the Engineering Policy Committee of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Irish Centre for Applied Geosciences, and currently chairs the Advisory Committee of the British Geological Survey. Paul is a popular and entertaining public speaker and has also undertaken a great deal of media work, both in press and broadcast outlets. His prolific media activity is manifest in more than ninety articles or programmes in the last four years, most of which has dealt with contentious issues in the energy sector.
Dr Alwyn Hart, Lead Scientist and Research Manager for Air, Land and Water Research, Evidence Directorate, Environment Agency
Dr Alwyn Hart leads the Air, Land and Water Research teams for the Environment Agency Head Office (Evidence Directorate) with a particular personal focus on groundwater protection. Alwyn originally joined the Agency’s National Groundwater and Contaminated Land Centre some time in the last century after a spell with the Research Division of British Gas. The EA Research team’s role is to provide new evidence and tools to enable or support regulatory decision-making. We have work underway on a wide range of oil and gas topics such as baseline monitoring, monitoring technicques and statistics, flare performance, groundwater vulnerability and chemicals assessment. We often work closely with independent research groups such as the British Geological Survey and University Departments.
Trevor Sexty, Oil and Gas Policy Team, Health and Safety Executive
Trevor has worked for the Health and Safety Executive for 27 years in many communication roles and currently covers onshore oil and gas policy. Over the last year he has attended events involving planners throughout the country, including North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire and West Sussex. He has also spoken at public events in areas with potential for shale gas and oil developments, and provided information on the health and safety regulatory regime to government, local councillors, minerals planners and community groups.
Peter Coesmans, Project and Programme Manager, Coesmans Management on behalf of DSDM Consortium
Peter Coesmans is a self-employed programme- and interim manager, currently working in high tech. In the past he has been running major change programmes in many areas: food, public transport, energy, research, infrastructure and city development. He is a senior team lead assessor for the international Project Award, for which he has assessed projects all over the world. Currently he is a jury member for IPMA’s best project manager of the world award. Peter was one of the first adopting an agile approach for projects outside of IT, and was lead author of the international competence baseline for programme management (2015).
Professor Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University Of Manchester; Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Kevin Anderson is Professor of Energy and Climate Change in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) at the University of Manchester. He is deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research; a Scientific advisor to the Welsh Government’s climate change commission; and a non-executive director of Greenstone Carbon Management. Kevin is research active with publications in Royal Society journals and Nature. He engages widely across all tiers of government; from reporting on shale gas and aviation related emissions to the UK and EU Parliament through to advising the Prime Minister’s office on Carbon Trading. He previously contributed analysis underpinning the UK’s Climate Change Act and the development of national carbon budgets.
Kevin has a decade’s industrial experience, principally in the petrochemical industry. He is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
With his colleague Alice Bows-Larkin, Kevin’s work on carbon budgets has been pivotal in revealing the widening gulf between political rhetoric on climate change and the reality of rapidly escalating emissions. His work makes clear that there is now little chance of maintaining the rise in global temperature to below 2°C, despite repeated high-level statements to the contrary. Moreover, Kevin’s research demonstrates how avoiding even a 3 to 4°C rise demands a radical reframing of both the climate change agenda and the economic characterisation of contemporary society.
Professor Emeritus Peter Styles, Professor of Applied and Environmental Geophysics, Keele University
Peter Styles moved to Keele University in 2000 as Professor of Applied and Environmental Geophysics and has been Head of the School of Earth Sciences and Geography and Director of the Research Institute for Environment, Physical Sciences and Mathematics. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society, a Chartered Geologist and is also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and a Member of the American Geophysical Union and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers. He served as a Board Member of the British Geological Survey for 6 years and as Chairman of the BGS University Collaboration Advisory Committee (UCAC). He now holds Emeritus status at Keele
He is a Past-President of the Geological Society of London, the oldest national Geological Society in the World, founded in 1807 and was President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (Geology Section) for 2007 and was listed for the first time in Whos Who in 2008. He is Editor-in-Chief of Geoscientist.
He was the first Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Geophysics for the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) for the near Surface Division. He was joint author of the 2012 DECC report on Induced Seismicity and Shale Gas Drilling in Lancashire and has given some 100+ lectures and interviews on this subject over the past 2 years in 7 countries to date
He was the President of ICHESE (the International Commission on Hydrocarbon Exploration and Seismicity in Emilia), which reported on the Emilia Romagna Earthquake swarms in Northern Italy, which caused 12 Billion Euros of damage in 2012. Keele are part of the REFINE (Research on Fracking in Europe) Collaboration with Durham and Newcastle Universities and Professor Styles has also recently won two EU HORIZON 2020 grants SHEER (Shale Gas Exploration and Exploitation Environmental Research) and INFRADEV a programme on Anthropogenic Seismicity which are collaborative with a number of partner institutions across Europe.
He was awarded the William Smith Medal of the Geological Society of London in 2014 for outstanding research in Applied Geosciences and the Medal of Merit of the European Federation of Geologists in 2014/2015 for persons who have provided exceptional and distinguished contributions to the Federation or to the geological profession in Europe. He has also been awarded the Royal Astronomical Society Award for Service to Geophysics for 2016.
Prof Jon Gluyas, Professor in CCS & Geo-Energy & Dean of Knowledge Exchange in the Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University
Diagenesis occurs in short, sharp episodes which may last only a few million years or less. This was deemed heresy when first we proposed the mechanisms in the late 1980s. Conventional and now proven erroneous wisdom indicted that diagenesis was geologically slow, perhaps taking 10s or even 100s of millions of years. Our once controversial ideas have been tested many times and have stood up to scrutiny. This work was carried out while working for BP Research.
A major piece of my oil industry career was dedicated to the redevelopment of abandoned oilfields. This required detailed research and investigation of those fields and decisions on which could be profitably redeveloped. A highlight from this research was the redevelopment of the Argyll Field in the North Sea. Abandoned at 6000 barrels of oil per day and 14,000 barrels of associated water from four production wells. We redeveloped the field and it flowed at 20,000 barrels of dry oil per day.
A return to research at Durham University in 2009 has allowed me to develop dormant research ideas, the first of which are now delivering outcomes and impact.
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