Fracking Research

Andrew Taylor made this Freedom of Information request to Swansea University

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was partially successful.

Dear Swansea University,

I would like to formally request the following information regarding Hydraulic fracturing (also hydrofracturing, hydrofracking, fracking, or fraccing); a well-stimulation technique in which rock is fractured by a hydraulically pressurized liquid:

1) The total value of successful research grants received by the university in the area
of Hydraulic fracturing, between Jan 1st 2001 and 2nd Dec 2014, broken down by each year?

2) The value of each individual research grant received in the area of Hydraulic fracturing, between Jan 1st 2001 and 2nd Dec 2014, as well as. the year they were received and who funded the grant?

3) The value of any donations or partnerships received for research in the area of Hydraulic fracturing, between Jan 1st 2001 and 2nd Dec 2014, as well as. the year they were received and who funded the grant?

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Taylor

RHYS-THOMAS T.C., Swansea University

Dear Mr Taylor,

 

I write to advise that I am in receipt of your request dated 21/01/2015,
requesting information regarding hydraulic fracturing and research grants.

 

This email confirms that your request has now been passed to the
University Compliance Officer who will review the contents of your request
and establish if a) you request is valid under the FOI Act and b) if any
further clarification is required from you to allow us to progress
further.

 

Should you wish to contact us regarding your request, please quote
reference number 104/14-15 on any correspondence. 

 

Kindest Regards

 

Teresa Rhys-Thomas
University Compliance Assistant(Data Protection / Freedom of Information)|
Vice-Chancellor’s Office| Swyddfa’r Is-Ganghellor

Abbey Building | Adeilad yr Abaty
Swansea University | Prifysgol Abertawe
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Swansea | Abertawe
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BUCKLEY B.Y., Swansea University

Dear Mr Taylor,

 

I write in connection with your request for information regarding
hydraulic fracturing and research grants.  The FOI Act obliges the
University to respond to requests promptly and in any case no later than
20 working days after receipt of your request. 

 

We must consider firstly whether we can comply with s1(1)(a) of the Act,
which is our duty to confirm whether or not the information requested is
held and secondly we must comply with s1(1)(b), which is the provision of
the information.

 

However the Act allows the time for response to be longer than 20 working
days, if this balance of the public interest is undetermined.  In this
case we have not yet reached a decision on where the balance of the public
interest lies and estimate that it will take additional time to make the
decision. 

 

The specific exemption which applies in relation to your request is
Section 43 Commercial Interests.  This is a qualified exemption which
requires the University to conduct a public interest test to establish
whether the public interest is best served by disclosure or non-disclosure
of the information.

 

The ‘public interest’ is not however, what the public may find
interesting, there must be some tangible benefit to the community in such
disclosure.  Ultimately, it must be something that serves the interests of
the public.  It is a requirement to identify all the factors which serve
these interests and also those which do not, only then can a decision be
made.

 

Additional information may be located on the ICO’s guidance page using the
link below (Awareness guidance 11 – Time for Compliance).

 

[1]http://www.ico.org.uk/~/media/documents/...

 

Kind Regards

 

Bev Buckley
University Compliance Officer  | Swyddog Cydymffurfio’r Brifysgol
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Governance Section | Adran Lywodraethu
Swansea University | Prifysgol Abertawe
Singleton Park | Parc Singleton
Swansea | Abertawe
SA2 8PP

Email | Ebost [2][email address]

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BUCKLEY B.Y., Swansea University

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Dear Mr Taylor,

 

Your request has been considered under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and our response is attached.

 

I trust this information is of assistance to you but please contact me if
you have any questions in relation to this response.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the University’s determination of your
application you may in the first instance request an internal review by
contacting Martin Lewis, Director of Governance Services and
Administrative Secretary [1][email address]

 

 

Kind Regards

 

 

Bev Buckley
University Compliance Officer (Data Protection / Freedom of Information)|
Swyddog Cydymffurfiaeth y Brifysgol (Diogelu Data / Rhyddid Gwybodaeth)

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Vice-Chancellor’s Office| Swyddfa’r Is-Ganghellor

Abbey Building | Adeilad yr Abaty
Swansea University | Prifysgol Abertawe
Singleton Park | Parc Singleton
Swansea | Abertawe
SA2 8PP

Phone | Ffôn 01792 606281  
Email | Ebost [2][email address]

[3]www.swansea.ac.uk | [4]www.abertawe.ac.uk
The University welcomes correspondence in Welsh and English | Mae'r
Brifysgol yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg a’r Saesneg

Please don't print this e-mail unless you really need to. | Peidiwch ag
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and delete the message.

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a ddylai ei ddarllen. Os derbynioch y neges mewn camgymeriad, rhowch
wybod i’r anfonydd a dilëwch y neges.

Swansea University is a registered charity. No. 1138342 | Mae Prifysgol
Abertawe yn elusen gofrestredig. Rhif. 1138342

 

 

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