Launch of the First Report
Wednesday, March 25th saw the launch of the first of the Task Force’s four reports on UK Planning, Regulation and Local Engagement. The publication of the report garnered over 50 pieces of coverage across national and regional papers, wires, trade publications and broadcast, including prime time spots on the Today Programme, BBC News and CNN.
“The UK fracking industry needs a new regulator to give the public more confidence in the fledgling sector, an industry-backed body has concluded.” – The BBC
“Chairman of the Task Force on Shale Gas, Lord Chris Smith, said: 'Speaking to local communities, we have been struck by how complex the regulatory framework appears, and how this leads to a lack of confidence in the system. "We believe the creation of a new bespoke regulator for onshore underground energy would command more public confidence for ensuring proper monitoring and regulation of any proposed shale gas industry.' " – The Daily Mail
“The [Task Force on Shale Gas] on Wednesday advocated that a new single regulator should be put in charge of all inland gas and oil extraction in the UK, whether from shale fracking or other methods.” – The Guardian