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UKELA Planning and Sustainable Development Working Party: Going Underground

Wednesday 13 November 2019 Squire Patton Boggs, 7 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YH


Organised by Planning and Sustainable Development Working Party, British Geological Society and Squire Patton Boggs

The Planning and Sustainable Development Working Party along with the British Geological Survey and Squire Patton Boggs will be providing an event exploring the storage of energy in underground strata.

BGS will speak about underground resources and the re-use of chambers or fissures in underground strata for storing energy and for extracting ground source heat. SPB speakers will address property issues affecting exploitation, deployment and consenting issues affecting the installations themselves and transmission infrastructure. UKELA WP speaker Peter Dixon will consider its contribution towards achieving Sustainable Development. Generously supported by Squire Patton Boggs the fee for attending the event is only £10. Please advise of any particular dietary requirements when booking.

Proposed Programme

9.30 – 10.00 Registration

10.00-10.10 Introduction

10.10-10.45 ‘Going Underground’ – Overview

Peter Dixon (Barrister and Co-Convenor of UKELA’s Planning and Sustainable Development Working Party)

10.45-11.20 ‘Out of sight, out of mind? Safe and efficient use of underground space’ –

Andrew Bloodworth (Science Director for Minerals and Waste at the British Geological Survey)

Hazel Napier (British Geological Survey’s ‘Geoscience and Society’ lead)

11.20-11.40 Morning Break

11.40-12.00 ‘Geology and shale gas – potential areas of legal debate’

Edward Hough (British Geological Survey’s shale gas research lead)

12.00-12.20 ‘Who owns the geothermal resource and how is it managed? ‘

Corinna Abesser (British Geological Survey geoscientist specialising in geothermal energy exploration)

12.20-12.30 Questions

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.00 Property Speaker 1 ‘Keeping it real: property law and underground resources’

Andrew Sprake (Partner) and Emma Bissett (Senior Associate), Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

14.00 -14.30 Property Speaker 2 ‘Consenting: permission, permits and protestors’

David Hardy (Partner), Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

14.30-15.00 Consenting

15.00-15.30 Questions and Conclude


Squire Patton Boggs, 7 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YH

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