Shale Gas (4)

MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What assessments is the Mayor proposing to undertake to provide an evidence base on the potential for fracked shale gas sourced in London?


Answer for Shale Gas (4)

Answer for Shale Gas (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am receptive to any ideas that help keep the lights on and the energy bill down in London so long as they comply with the relevant planning and environmental regulations. However it currently looks unlikely that there is any exploitable shale gas in the London region and therefore we are focusing our efforts on capturing and utilising waste heat from combined heat and power installations for use in district heat and opening up the electricity market with a proposal for a junior electricity licence in London.

Therefore, my officers are not currently undertaking assessments on the potential for shale gas extraction in London or undertaking studies on potential outputs.

Furthermore, in London, the boroughs are the minerals planning authority. So I would only be involved if the planning application was referable under the Mayor of London Order 2008 whereby development which comprises or includes mining operations where the development occupies more than 10 hectares, which is considered to be an unlikely occurrence.