Both sides of the shale gas conflict in the UK have used the concept of the ‘Social Licence” without really explaining what is meant by it. This presentation explores the origins of the concept and it explains it key elements. It then considers the arguments for and against shale gas development in the UK. It concludes by considering the relationship between the political, actuarial (regulatory) and social licences to explain the current situation with Cuadrilla in Lancashire.
Ever since Balcombe in 2013, the onshore oil and gas industry has be forced to wage a war of attrition with opponents of so called “fracking”. What have we learned over the time? And what should we expect in the future?
What do councils need to have in place to meet demand in onshore oil and gas applications and how can they work with all stakeholders to endure the best decisions are reached for their communities? What actions can local authorities take to best evaluate the economical benefits alongside the environmental impacts?
Public consultation is arguably one of the most challenging part of the planning process. This is because it involves humans and humans are programmed to resist change. Pre-application consultation forms an important part of the planning process. However, as the growing body of case law demonstrates, it can also be the ‘soft underbelly’ of a planning application. Savvy objectors will always be looking for a ‘chink’ in the consultation process which they can exploit to launch a legal challenge.This presentation looks at the challenges that are faced by those trying to engage with the local community on oil and gas projects. Recognising that it will never be possible to please everyone, it explores various ways in which we can better manage the process, reduce the ‘noise level’ from objectors and protect ourselves against legal challenge.
An insight into how Halliburton approaches the reservoir characterisation of unconventional reservoirs, the workflows and solutions we use, and how this helps enhance decision-making and deliver an optimised field development plan
Peel Gas & Oil, part of the Peel Group, has an interest in facilitating shale gas development and being an integral part of the shale gas supply chain. The Peel Group is a major private investor in land and infrastructure primarily in the North of England. One of the core assets is the Manchester Ship Canal which is partially situated within PEDL 184 and 190. In conjunction with technical partners, Peel commissioned an industrial scale water trial to determine if abstracted, filtered and uv treated water from the Canal could produce water in a quantity and of a quality that was appropriate for industrial processes including hydraulic fracturing.
This presentation reviews the operation of the trial and describes headline water quality results and positive implications of using ‘industrial’ water in the emerging UK shale gas industry.
The presentation will explain the use of Arvia’s ODC system, a novel solution to make better use of the water we have and to reduce contamination. The system provides:
• Safe discharge of wastewater to the environment
• Enables water to be reused
• Preferentially removes contaminants of concern
• Meet regulatory targets for COD and micro-pollutants
Discussion regarding previous and ongoing case studies which document the ability of the ODC system in various applications and a brief explanation of the approach we take with our clients.
Exploring the strict regulations set by the UK government and processes for extracting hydrocarbons safely. A robust system has been developed to ensure such operations are to be carried out to the highest standards of safety and environmental protection – what standards need to be in place for licence holders, operators and councils to progress?
Investors seek to understand a companies’ ability to identify, manage and reduce risks, and encourage enhanced disclosure of company policies and management systems through engagement. What environmental, social and governance risks are investors concerned about in relation to fracking and what questions are they asking companies?
Following the majority House of Commons decision it is absolutely vital that the public, both nationally and locally, are onside with shale gas exploration. This means ensuring that there is a proper dialogue, the industry and politicians listen to their concerns, making sure the public has accurate information and that regulations are in place to ensure it is delivered safely. It is hugely important that it is the people and the politicians who are in charge of driving this forward. It should not be driven by the producers who inevitably have financial incentives. This means that they have to account for their actions at every step, keep people informed, and ensure that community benefits reach the people they are intended for. Robust regulation and planning is key. The APPG for Shale Gas Regulation and Planning has taken evidence from interested parties on both sides of the argument to make recommendations to government. The group’s report will be published later this year. Finally the presentation will cover the pressure on politicians who are supportive of Shale Gas.
A four-year poll by YouGov for the University of Nottingham study found that support for fracking had fallen sharply in the last twelve months and is now at its lowest ever level. More people now oppose rather than support shale gas extraction, the survey finding that many people associate shale gas with higher greenhouse emissions and water contamination and not just concerns on impact on their immediate environment. Will the backing of a new fossil fuel development undermine plans to tackle global warming?
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