SMi are proud to present their 2nd bi-annual

Cuadrilla's rig

Shale Gas Environmental Summit

23rd and 24th May 2012, London


£800 discount for Oil and Gas companies. Register for £799 + VAT 

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Cuadrilla's rig


Comments from the Chairman, Julian O'Halloran;

"Three or four years ago, plenty of people interested in energy has barely even heard of shale gas. Then came an avalanche of news and analysis, including some rather wild predictions. 
The first SMi Shale Gas Environmental summit, held in London last November, may have looked on paper like an arcane and dry event. It turned out to be nothing of the sort. It provided an exciting opportunity for people with a stake in shale gas to meet and exchange facts and views with critics, sceptics, academics and analysts. From the word go, sparks flew, and  it was an unusually lively conference which moved along at a rattling pace. If Shale Gas Environmental Summit II is even half as compelling it will be an event not to miss."


Pictures thanks to Ed Hough at British Geological Survey. Cuadrilla Resources Preese Hall drilling rig located in the Bowland Shale in Lancashire.


2011 attendees included:

Danish Energy Agency, SMBC Europe, Materials World, EFMA (European Fertilizer Manufacturers Association),

Amec Group, Johnson Matthey Technology Centre, Polish Oil And Gas Company (PGNIG), Eversheds,

BBC White City, Sudapet, Geometric drilling, Lloyds Banking Group, Shell Global Solutions (UK),

Endeavour Energy Limited, Wwf Uk, Environment Agency Of England And Wales, Millicent Media, Centrica,

BG Group, Total S A, Swire Oilfield Services Ltd, Countryside Council for Wales, Aquastrat, Hess Ltd,

Interfax News Agency, Poyry Energy Consulting, SNR Denton UK LLP, World Wide Water Tec, Tamboran Resources,

ExxonMobil International Limited, Linklaters, The ENDS Report, Minoils Media Ltd, Statoil (U.K.) Limited,

Advance Management Institute, Upstream, Reuters, DECC (Dept of Energy and Climate Change),

British Geological Survey, University of Chester                                                                                                                  

Comments from November 2011

"Conference enlightened everyone as to the current situation and I enjoyed the speeches immenseley

"Best shale gas conference I've been to"

"Well organised - higher quality of speakers. More relevant and timely debate"








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Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Julian O'Halloran

Julian O'Halloran, Reporter, BBC

9:10 Mitigating political and stakeholder risk for shale gas

Rob Foulkes

Rob Foulkes, Senior Associate, Critical Resource

• Defining the “socio-political license to operate” for oil & gas projects
• Stakeholder pressures around unconventional gas
• What can be learnt from resource projects elsewhere?

9:40 The legal landscape surrounding Shale Gas in Europe

Elizabeth Shepherd

Elizabeth Shepherd, Partner, Eversheds

• The legislative challenges
• Status in Member States across EU
• Current developments in Brussels
• The way forward

10:20 Morning Coffee

10:50 The role of shale gas in UK energy and climate policy

Paul Ekins

Paul Ekins, Director of Research, Professor in Energy and Environment Policy, UCL

• Recently produced UK energy scenarios to 2050 will be presented
• The scenarios will show different possible implications of shale gas for the UK
• The scenarios will be discussed in the light of pertaining knowledge about the prospects for shale gas production in the UK and on the European continent

11:20 A Council’s Duty of Care - How will Shale Gas operations affect the Hot Springs of Bath?

Paul Crossley

Paul Crossley, Head of Local Authority, Bath and North East Somerset Council

• Bath’s hot springs – a quick history and geographical setting
• Value to Bath and the UK
• Existing regulatory protection – Avon Act
• Potential effect of Shale Gas on the Hot Springs delivery system and Shale Gas operators’ responsibilities to      communities that they operate within

11:50 Panel Discussion - Shale gas vs Wind turbines, which is the better source of energy for the UK?

Reg Platt

Reg Platt, Research Fellow, IPPR

Andrew Ogden

Andrew Ogden, Campaigns Manager, CPRE Protect Kent

Alan Riley

Alan Riley, Solicitor , City University London

Paul Ekins

Paul Ekins, Director of Research, Professor in Energy and Environment Policy, UCL

Tony Grayling

Tony Grayling, Head of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Environment Agency

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 Managing the environmental risks of shale gas exploration and development in the UK

Tony Grayling

Tony Grayling, Head of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Environment Agency

• Environmental risks
• Regulatory regime
• Environment Agency's role and approach

13:50 Potential Regulatory Solutions to Environmental Concerns

Alan Riley

Alan Riley, Solicitor , City University London

• Principal Environmental Concerns
• Regulatory Approaches to Dealing with Environmental Issues in the Oil and Gas Sector
• Principles of Effective Regulation
• Developing the Knowhow and Trained Personnel
• EU or Member State Options-Harmony or Conflict

14:20 Shale gas and the climate challenge

Tony Bosworth

Tony Bosworth, Climate & Energy Campaigner, Friends Of The Earth

• Global climate science and politics post-Durban
• The climate change impact of shale gas use
• The role of shale gas in our energy future

14:50 Afternoon Tea

15:10 Unconventional Gas – The Media and Communications Challenge

Simon Whitehead

Simon Whitehead, Managing Director, Hill & Knowlton

• The media landscape
• Third party organisations and commentators
• Key communications considerations
• Possible communications strategies

15:40 Shale Gas – a world view

Kanthi Ford

Kanthi Ford, Director, KFV Consulting

• Environmental approaches by international region
• Industry challenges
• Drivers for success

16:10 Meeting Carbon Budgets – ensuring a low-carbon recovery

David  Kennedy

David Kennedy, Chief Executive, Committee on climate change

• The pace of power sector decarbonisation required to meet carbon budgets
• Generation mix in a decarbonised system
• The role of gas in a decarbonised system
• Policy instruments to drive investment in low carbon and balancing generation

16:40 Re-injection of gas into grid

John  Baldwin

John Baldwin, Managing Director, CNG Services Limited

• Shale gas locations and the UK gas grid
• Connection to National Transmission System Connections to Local Transmission System Gas Quality Requirements Grid Capacity Pressure Timetable for New Entrants

17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Julian O'Halloran

Julian O'Halloran, Reporter, BBC

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Julian O'Halloran

Julian O'Halloran, Reporter, BBC

9:10 The Shale Gas Revolution: Prospects for Replication beyond North America

Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes, Head of Energy, Ricardo Strategic Consulting

  • The dramatic increase in production of shale gas in North America has transformed the domestic natural gas business there, from an outlook of increasing import dependency to one of self-sufficiency for the foreseeable future.
  • North America remains, however, the only place where shale gas is produced on a commercial scale. While huge technically recoverable shale gas resources have been identified in many other places, including for example China, the commercial development of these reserves continues to face many challenges.
  • Furthermore, the world outside North America is not short of reserves of conventional gas, with which unconventional gas will need to be cost-competitive.
  • In the meantime, though, the “virtual” export of gas from the USA, in the shape of the LNG initially intended to fill the US supply gap but now displaced into the international market, has already made an impact on other markets where it has added to growing pressure on the traditional oil-indexed pricing structure.
  • 9:40 Economic impact of Shale Gas exploration and production in Lancashire and the UK

    • Background on Cuadrilla
    • Economic impact
    • Lancashire’s economic context
    • Factors affecting future economic impacts
    • Economic impacts of commercial extraction

    Darren Wisher

    Darren Wisher, Director, Regeneris Consulting

    Eric Vaughan

    Eric Vaughan, Chief Operating Officer, Cuadrilla Resources Ltd

    10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 UK Shale Gas – The Role of Continuous Ground-Gas Monitoring

    Simon Talbot

    Simon Talbot, Managing Director, Ground-Gas Solutions

    • Understanding the near surface geology, aquifers and ground-gas baseline conditions
    • The drilling pad membrane as a fugitive gas interceptor
    • Continuous ground-gas monitoring of the drilling pad
    • Continuous data providing confidence to regulators and the local community
    • Gas sampling and isotope fingerprinting

    11:30 No moratorium in Poland – Polish communities and shale gas

    Joanna Hanson

    Joanna Hanson, Independent Consultant, Plexus Energy

    • Geo-politics: Why there is public and cross party support for shale gas in Poland
    • Forms of engagement by government and operators. Moods on the ground in the shale communities, - why protests have developed - experience so far
    • Are there two Polands where shale gas is being developed? The regional socio-economic dimensions.
    • What are the real issues for the Poles and how will these develop?
    • How to work with Polish communities

    12:00 Panel Discussion - Managing expectations, perception and risk

    Peter Hughes

    Peter Hughes, Head of Energy, Ricardo Strategic Consulting

    Michael  Holgate

    Michael Holgate, Independent Energy Consultant, Plexus Energy

    Jay Wagner

    Jay Wagner, Director, Plexus Energy

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Recent developments in Polish Shale Gas development

    Tomasz Chmal

    Tomasz Chmal, Partner, White & Case

    • Managing environmental issues
    • New regulations
    • New taxation of gas exploitation
    • EU reports, proposals and consequences for Polish Shale
    • Public opinion

    14:00 Shale gas exploration in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

    Tony Bazley

    Tony Bazley, Director for Environmental and Community Affairs, Tamboran Resources

    • The targets
    • Establishing a world class environmental standard
    • Engaging the community and the future

    14:30 Environmental Management of Unconventional Gas in Western Australia

    Phil Gorey

    Phil Gorey, Executive Director Environment, Government of Western Australia

    • What is Western Australia’s potential for shale, tight and coal seam gas?
    • Are there concerns that contamination could occur in Western Australia?
    • How is the potential environmental impact of hydraulic stimulation regulated?
    • What controls are placed on the use of hydraulic stimulation chemicals in Western Australia?
    • How many companies are actively seeking shale, tight and coal seam gas in Western Australia?

    15:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Julian O'Halloran

    Julian O'Halloran, Reporter, BBC

    15:10 Afternoon Tea


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