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Seminar to Explore Shale Gas Issues in Wales

Jun 03, 2013

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Norma Barry

As supplies of fossil fuels for energy production become scarcer, energy producers and suppliers are looking at new ways to extract gas and oil from our natural resources.

Fracking, which involves the hydraulic fracturing of rock formation to extract trapped gas, is now being seriously explored in Wales where there are significant reserves inside the country’s shale rock and coal seams.

In response to this trend the UK Environmental Law Association is hosting a seminar on the topic on Wednesday 19 June at Hugh James Solicitors, Cardiff.

Haydn Davies of UKELA’s Welsh Working Party said:

“The extraction of gas from rock formations and coal seams in Wales is becoming a real possibility so UKELA thought it timely to hold a seminar for legal professionals and any other people with an interest in the subject.

“The three hour seminar will cover key issues such as the legal challenges of fracking; the environmental impact and technical implications of the process; and its economic benefits.

“There will be presentations from a leading lawyer, environmental consultant and academic in the field.

“The event should prove to be very informative and provide a good networking opportunity for those with an interest in the subject.”

Details of the seminar can be found on UKELA’s website – www.ukela.org

Notes to the editors:

Note to Editors:

UKELA [ http://www.ukela.org/ ] is the charity which aims to make the law work for a better environment and to improve understanding and awareness of environmental law. It promotes, for the benefit of the public generally, the enhancement and conservation of the environment in the UK and advances the education of the public in all matters relating to the development, teaching, application and practice of law relating to the environment.

A working party for Wales was set up in July 2012 to promote understanding and awareness of environmental law and influence the development of legislation.

The Seminar is being hosted by Hugh James Solicitors and chaired by Haydn Davies of UKELA’s Wales Working Party. The programme is as follows:

4.30 pm – Registration

5.00 pm - The legal issues and challenges: James Taylor, Simmons and Simmons

5.45 pm - The technical aspects and limitations of hydraulic fracturing and environmental impacts: Rob Jefffries, Environ

6.30 pm – The economic benefits: Professor Alan Riley, City University, Birmingham.

7.15 pm – Discussion and Conclusion: Haydn Davies

Bookings can be made by accessing the link http://UKELA.sym-online.com/walesfracking/

For any enquiries, please contact Dr Norma Barry, UKELA Wales Coordinator on 07785 551511 or 029 2022 6263

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