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Energy Supply

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with which energy companies he has discussed the potential contributions of oil shale to the UK's energy supply; and when he expects the British Geological Survey to complete its reassessment of potential oil and gas shale resources in the UK. (320088)

We have had no discussions on this issue. However my Department has asked the British Geological Survey, acting as consultants, to carry out a reassessment of potential oil and gas shale resources in the UK. We expect the results of this to be published in the second half of this year and will be making these available via DECC’s Oil and Gas “Promote” website at the following address:

https://www.og.decc.gov.uk/UKpromote/index.htm