MOU signed to mitigate shale gas risks


Water UK and UKOOG have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which ensures their respective members will cooperate throughout the shale gas exploration and extraction process.

Water UK, which represents the water industry, and the UK Onshore Operators Group, the onshore oil and gas industry’s representative body, are to work together to help minimise the impact of onshore oil and gas development in the UK on the country’s water resources.

A key aim of the agreement is to give the public greater confidence and reassurance that everything will be done to minimise the effects on water resources and the environment. Water UK has reviewed recent reports into shale gas extraction, and believes that while there are potential risks to water and waste water services, these can be mitigated given proper enforcement of the regulatory framework.  

Under the MOU, members of UKOOG and Water UK will work together to identify and resolve risks around water or waste water including:

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