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Agenda Item 5 
 
Report to: 
 
Economy Transport and Environment Scrutiny Committee 
 
Date:   
19 November 2014 
 

By: 
Director of Communities, Economy and Transport 
 

Title of report: 
Presentation on Shale Gas and Oil Exploration Impacts 
 

Purpose of report: 
To enable the Committee to develop a factual information base on the 
impacts of shale oil and gas exploration. 
 

 
RECOMMENDATIONS:  The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to: 

(1)  Note the information provided on the impacts of shale oil and gas exploration. 
(2)  Identify any further areas of information required by the Committee. 
 
 
1. 

Financial implications 
1.1 
There ae no financial implications as a result of this information gathering exercise.  
 
2. 
Background 
 
2.1 
 The public debate on the impacts of shale gas and oil exploration has been highlighted by 
a  recent planning application and exploration in West Sussex. East Sussex shares some of the 
same geological conditions as West Sussex as it is also part of the Weald Basin. The Committee 
agreed that it would be beneficial to establish some factual information about the impacts of shale 
oil and gas exploration and the regulatory framework. 
 
2.2 
Representatives from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the 
Environment Agency (EA)  and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have been invited to come 
and give presentations to the Committee to give an overview of shale gas and oil exploration, the 
impacts, and the regulatory framework.  
 
3. 

Conclusion and reasons for recommendations 
 
3.1 
The Committee is requested to note the information provided and to identify any further 
areas of information that it requires. 
 
 
RUPERT CLUBB 
Director of Communities, Economy and Transport 
 
Contact Officer: Martin Jenks, Scrutiny Lead Officer  
(01273 481327) 
Local Member: All 
 
Background Documents 
  Review of the potential public health impacts of exposure to chemical and radioactive 
pollutants as a result of the shale gas extraction process. Public Health England. June 2014. 
  Shale gas extraction in the UK: a review of hydraulic fracturing. The Royal Society. June 2012. 
  The Jurassic Shales of the Weald Basin: geology and shale oil and shale gas resources 
estimation. British Geological Survey (BGS). 2014. 
https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/providing-regulation-and-licensing-of-energy-industries-
and-infrastructure/supporting-pages/developing-shale-gas-and-oil-in-the-uk 

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