Join the Debate on Exploratory Fracking in the UK at the 2015 Shale Gas Environmental Summit

The process of fracking was temporarily banned in the UK back in 2011, after a test well caused a minor earthquake near Blackpool. Now that the ban has been lifted, the government has shown its support towards beginning exploratory drilling (The Guardian, 2015).

With the concept of exploratory drilling being highly topical in the current market, SMi is delighted to have Professor Michael Bradshaw, Professor of Global Energy at Warwick Business School, giving a keynote address at the 6th Annual Shale Gas Environmental Summit taking place on 26-27 October in London, UK.

His unique talk will discuss the topic of exploratory drilling in the UK and look at what the current debate is based on. Furthermore, his knowledge and expertise will allow him to answer questions on what exploratory drilling will be able to tell us and how it can be done in an environmentally conscious way.

This conference will provide a balanced view of all sides of the debate surrounding the highly topical issue of shale gas. Speakers will range from the political and regulatory to land owners and NGOs and campaigners. This unique conference will also discuss the fledgling industry in Europe and will take a look at current EU regulations on shale gas.

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  • Gain a balanced insight and understanding of the science behind the environmental debate on shale gas
  • Assess the risks shale gas poses to health and human rights
  • Learn about the landscape of the shale gas industry and gain insight into the regulatory developments in Europe and Britain
  • Analyse the difficulties surrounding planning applications
  • Debate the possibility of earthquakes and contaminated water
  • Discuss how waste water can best be appropriately disposed of


  • Julian O’Halloran, Journalist, BBC
  • Professor Michael Bradshaw, Professor of Global Energy, Warwick Business School
  • Professor Nigel Brandon, BG Chair in Sustainable Gas, Imperial College London & Panel Member, Task Force on Shale Gas
  • Mike Holgate, Associate, Aquateria Ltd
  • Tim Yeo, Chair of Energy and Climate Change Committee, House of Commons
  • Dr. Jonathan Scurlock, Chief Advisor, Renewable Energy and Climate Change, National Farmer’s Union

Register before May 29th to save £400. Group discounts are currently available.

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  • Shale Gas: Stakeholder Engagement – Winning the Societal License to Operate: Workshop Leader: Michael Holgate, Energy Consultant, Aquatera (8.30am-12.30pm)
  • The Shale Gas Industry in Germany and Europe – Legal Frameworks and Gaps Workshop Leader: Andy Gheorghiu, Campaigner & Consultant, Andy Gheorghiu Consulting (1.30pm – 5.30pm)