All-Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas

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The All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas was set up in February 2013 and 'was formed to provide a forum for transparent, evidence-based discussion around the issue of unconventional oil and gas development in the UK'.[1]

The APPG ran for more than four years but was not re-formed after the June 2017 snap general election. [2]


Activities

  • Hosting seminars, lectures and events covering topical issues relating to unconventional oil and gas
  • Holding evidence sessions and publishing reports
  • Acting as a central point of reference on unconventional oil and gas through our website and e-bulletin
  • Commenting on relevant issues in the media and public forums

Events

2013

  • December 2013: APPG meeting on the impact on climate change of shale gas development: looking at the effects of shale gas exploration on climate change, focusing on the compatibility of shale gas production and the UK’s climate change targets. Held on 2 December at 5pm in Committee Room 9 in the Houses of Parliament. Speakers include David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, and Dr John Broderick, Research Fellow for the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

2015

  • 14 January 2015: APPG public meeting with Peter Atherton, of Liberum Capital, chaired by Lord Palmer. The meeting focuses on the mid-term prospects for the oil price and its impact upon UK investment and policy making.[3]
  • 24 February 2015: APPG public meeting with Professor Rob Ward, British Geological Society, Tom Mludzinski and Nick Allen, Comres. Professor Rob Ward presents maps showing the disposition of shale across the UK, alongside constituency boundaries. Mludzinski and Allen also presented current polling and where energy sits within the list of issues ahead of the General Election.[4]
  • 14 July 2015: APPG meeting to discuss the implications of the new Conservative government for the UK shale industry and future regulation of the sector. Speakers include Tony Carruthers, Commercial Director at Cuadrilla, who provides the industry’s perspective on the next five years in Parliament, and Stephen Tindale, former Executive Director of Greenpeace, co-founder of the organisation Climate Answers, and Associate Fellow at the Centre for European Reform, to discuss the need for tighter regulation of the sector. The meeting took place between 3pm – 4.30pm.[5]
  • 26 October 2015: APPG meeting with keynote speaker Andrea Leadsom MP, then minister of state at the department of energy and climate change, to discuss the government’s priorities for UK shale and the role of shale in the energy mix. Leadsom broadly outlines the need for the shale gas industry to develop with environmental safety and health in mind, and argues for fracking to be made compatible with the government's decarbonisation targets. The meeting took place between 3:15-4:00pm, in Committee Room 10 of the Houses of Parliament.[6]

2016

  • 22 March: Jefferies Senior Equity Research Analyst Jason Gammel addressed the APPG on the global convergence in natural gas markets and the implications for UK shale gas.[7]
  • 13 September: Annual general meeting. Nigel Mills MP was nominated as Chair and re-elected unanimously. Jim Fitzpatrick MP, David Nuttall MP and Angela Smith MP were elected unanimously as vice chairs. Dan Steward for INEOS was then invited to speak on ' lessons learnt from the industry’s experiences of hydraulic fracturing in the USA, and how it is applying new standards as a result of its findings.'. [8]

People

Parliamentary officers, 2017

Parliamentary officers, October 2016

Parliamentary officers, March - April 2016

Parliamentary officers, Feb 2016

  • Chair: Nigel Mills MP | Vice-chair: Jim Fitzpatrick MP |Vice-chair: Kevin Hollinrake MP | Vice-chair: David Nuttall [12] Hollinrake announced he was resigning from the vice-chair role in January 2016 after pressure from his constituents over industry funding of the APPGUOG. He still appears on this register.

Parliamentary officers, July 2015

Parliamentary officers, May 2015

Parliamentary officers, May 2013

Former officers

Vice-chair: Mark Menzies MP | Vice-chair: Tessa Munt MP (2013 - May 2015) | Vice-chair: John Robertson MP | (2013 - May 2015)

Members 2013 - May 2015

Benefits received by the group from outside Parliament

August 2014 - November 2014

Hill and Knowlton Strategies (a consultancy) acts as the group’s secretariat - took over from Edelman sometime after May 2014.

Associate membership fees received – £1200 from Ground Gas Solutions (registered May 2013); £3000 from Cuadrilla, £3000 from Ove Arup & Partners; £3000 from Statoil, £10,000 from INEOS (registered June 2013), £5000 from UK Onshore Operators Group, £3000 from Centrica, £3000 from The Weir Group (registered July 2013). £2500 from Costain Natural Resources (registered August 2013). £1000 from Petrafiz, £2500 from Mitsubishi, £2500 from Calor Gas Limited, £2500 from Shell International, £1000 from CNG Services, £1000 from 3Legs Resources, £2500 from Savills UK, £2500 from Total Holdings UK Ltd, £2500 from Essar Oil, £2500 from Peel Environmental Ltd, £2500 from MWH Ltd, £1000 from K&L Gates LLP, £1000 Norwest Holdings, £2500 from Essar Oil, £2500 from Igas Energy Plc, £1000 from SLR Consulting Ltd, £1000 from Quatre Ltd, £2500 from Squire Sanders, £2500 from Eversheds, £1000 from "Shale Gas World" (Registered November 2013). £2500 from Macquarie Capital, £2500 from GrowHow, £2500 from Berwin Leighton Paisner (registered December 2013). £2500 from Costain and £2500 from Macfarlanes LLP (registered January 2014). £2500 from ASCO Group (registered February 2014). £2500 from Hydrock, £2500 from Tata Steel, £2500 from RPS Group, £2500 from Schlumberger Oilfield, £2500 from Lloyd’s Register, £2500 from ESB Asset Development, £2500 from Reactive Downhole Tools Limited, £8000 from URS, £5060 from Dow Chemical, £5000 from Energy and Utilities Alliance (registered March 2014). £2500 from Centrica (registered April 2014). £3000 from Igas Energy PLC (registered May 2014). £2500 from each of the following Ove Arup International, atg UV Technology, Clear Solutions, Whessoe, and Terrafirma Roadways (registered May 2014).

March 2015

Hill and Knowlton Strategies (a consultancy) acts as the group’s secretariat

Associate membership fees received - £2500 from ASCO Group (registered February 2014). £2500 from Hydrock, £2500 from Tata Steel, £2500 from RPS Group, £2500 from Schlumberger Oilfield, £2500 from Lloyd’s Register, £2500 from ESB Asset Development, £2500 from Reactive Downhole Tools Limited, £8000 from URS, £5060 from Dow Chemical, £5000 from Energy and Utilities Alliance (registered March 2014). £2500 from Centrica (registered April 2014). £3000 from Igas Energy PLC (registered May 2014). £2500 from each of the following Ove Arup International, atg UV Technology, Clear Solutions, Whessoe, and Terrafirma Roadways (registered May 2014). [17]

September 2015

Hill and Knowlton Strategies (a consultancy) acts as the group’s secretariat (Registered June 2015) -£2,500 from BASF | £2,916 from Berwin Leighton Paisne | £2,291 from Calor Gas | £2,291 from Total | £5,000 from EUA | £2,291 from ESSAR | £2,291 from Lloyd's Register | £2,500 from Squire Sanders (Registered August 2015) - £2,500 from Calor Gas | £2,500 from Essar | £2,291 from Centrica | £2,500 SEL GBL Current Star Energy | £2,500 from Peter Brett | £2,500 from Arup | £2,500 from Lloyd's Register (Lloyd's Register Group Services Ltd) | £2,500 from Peel Environmental | £3,125 from ESB (ESB Asset Development) | £2,291 from Dow Chemicals Ltd [18]

November 2015

Hill and Knowlton Strategies (a consultancy) acts as the group’s secretariat (Registered September 2015) - £2,500 from Arup | £2,500 from Lloyd's Register | £2,500 from Peel Environmental | £3.125 from ESB Asset Development | £2,291 from Dow Chemicals Ltd | £1,916 from Cuadrilla | £1,916 from Ground Gas | £1,916 from Petrafiz | £1,916 from Petroleum Safety Services Limited | £3,541 from Reactive | £3958 from Terra Firma [19]

February 2016

Hill and Knowlton act as the group's secretariat. (Registered November 2015) £2,500 from Dow | £1,916 from SLR | £2,500 from Total UK | £2,500 from Whessoe UK | (Registered December 2015) £2,500 from BASF | (Registered from January 2016) £2,500 from Berwin Leighton Paisner | £2,500 from RPS Group | [20]

March - April 2016

Hill and Knowlton act as the group's secretariat. (Registered February 2016) £5,000 from Energy and Utilities Alliance | £2,916 from Eversheds LLP [10] (Registered March 2016) £2,500 from Tata Steel | £4,791 from Shell | £2,500 from Latham and Watkins[11]

August-September 2016

Hill and Knowlton act as the group's secretariat. Essar Oil UK, £2,500 (Registered August 2016) | Total EP UK, £2,500 (Registered August 2016) | Calor Gas, £2,500 (Registered August 2016) | Shell International, £2,500 (Registered August 2016) | INEOS Upstream, £2,500 (Registered September 2016) | Star Energy, £2,500 (Registered September 2016) | Centrica, £2,500 (Registered September 2016) [21]

October-December 2016

Hill and Knowlton act as the group's secretariat. Eversheds, £2,500 (Registered October 2016) | Whessoe Engineering, £2,500 (Registered December 2016)

January-April 2017

Hill and Knowlton act as the group's secretariat. Monies received from Peel Gas and Oil - £2,500, received 23/12/2016, registered 18/01/2017. Energy and Utilities Alliance £5,000 received 31/01/2017, registered 06/02/2017 and Peter Brett Associates £2,500, received 21/04/2017, registered 28/04/2017.

Associate members

The group's website explains that:

Alongside its Parliamentary Members, the APPG brings together Associate Members drawn from the energy industry, energy-intensive users, environmental organisations, consumer groups and universities and academic institutions. These Associate Members contribute valuable opinions and expertise to the APPG.
Being an Associate Member of the APPG does not necessarily signify support for or opposition to developing unconventional oil or gas, but rather a desire to see an evidence-based debate. The Associate Members are drawn from across the spectrum of views.
As an All-Party Parliamentary Group, the APPG does not grant voting rights to Associate Members. Membership is at the discretion of the Officers of the APPG. For further details on how to apply for membership please email appgunconventionaloilandgas@edelman.com. However, the majority of events hosted by the APPG are open to the public, so please come along and make your voice heard. Sign up for our e-bulletin to keep informed. Further details will follow. [22]

Members as at April 2016

Alan Webster | Alberta Energy Regulator | Anglian Water | Arup | BASF | Berwin Leighton Paisner | Blackpool and The Fylde College | Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Eco Dev Co | Calor Gas | CCS Association | Centrica | CIWEM | Consumer Focus | Costain | Councillor for Larkswood Ward | Cuadrilla | Dimitri Zenghelis | Dow Chemical Ltd | Dr Alan Herbert | Dr Mathew Humphrey | Dr Rob Ward | Durham University | EEF | Energy and Utilities Alliance | Energy Industries Council | Energy UK | Essar Energy | Eversheds LLP | Fairfax Advisory | Frack Free Balcombe Residents Association (FFBRA) | Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE | Ground-Gas Solutions | GrowHow | Hydrock | Igas Energy | IGEM | Ineos UK | Institute & Faculty of Actuaries | International Shale Gas & Oil Journal | IoD | John Whitton | Latham & Watkins LLP | Lloyd's Register | Local Government Association | Macquarie Capital | Mr Peter van der Borgh (FGS) | National Energy Action | National Physical Laboratory | Newcastle University | No FiBS (No Fracking in Balcombe Society) | Oil and Gas UK | Onshore Energy Services Group | Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology | Peel Environmental | Peter Atherton | Peter Brett Associates | Petrafiz | Petroleum Safety Services Limited | Preston New Road Community Group | Professor Geoffrey Hammond | Professor Iain Stewart | Professor Kevin Taylor | Professor Michael Bradshaw | Professor Mike Bowman | Professor Richard Davies | Professor Richard Selley | Professor Sarah O'Hara | Professor Stuart Haszeldine OBE | PwC | RPS Energy | Savills | Shale Gas World UK | Shell | SLR Consulting | Sobieski Institute | Tata Steel | Tees Valley LEP | Terra Firma | The Kosciuszko Institute | Total | TUC | UCG Engineering Ltd | UK Energy Research Centre | UK Onshore Operators Group | Underground Coal Gasification Association | Unite | Water UK | Whessoe | World Energy Council | WWF [23]

Members as at February 2016

Alan Webster | Alberta Energy Regulator | Anglian Water | Arup | atg UV Technology | BASF | Berwin Leighton Paisner | Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Eco Dev Co | Calor Gas | CCS Association | | Centrica | Clear Solutions International Ltd | Consumer Futures | Costain | Councilor for Larkswood Ward | Cuadrilla | Dimitri Zenghelis | Dow Chemical Ltd | Dr Alan Herbert | Dr Matthew Humphrey | Dr Rob Ward | Durham University | EEF | Energies and Utilities Alliance | Energy Industries Council | Energy UK | Enzen | Essar Energy | Eversheds LLP | Fairfax Advisory | Frack Free Balcombe Residents Association (FFBRA) | Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment | GroundGas Solutions | GrowHow | Hydrock | Igas Energy | IGEM | Ineos UK | Institute & Faculty of Actuaries | Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers | International Shale Gas & Oil Journal | IoD | John Whitton | Latham & Watkins | Lloyd's Register | Local Government Association | Macquarie Capital | Mr Peter van Der Borgh(FGS) | National Energy Action | National Physical Laboratory | Newcastle University | No FIBS(No Fracking in Balcombe Society) | North East LEP | Oil and Gas UK | Onshore Energy Services Group | Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology | Peel Environmental | Peter Atherton | Peter Brett Associates | Petrafiz | Petroleum Safety Services Limited | Preston New Road Community Group | Professor Geoffrey Hammond | Professor Iain Stewart (academic) | Professor Kevin Taylor | Professor Mike Bowman | Professor Richard Davies | Professor Richard Selley | Professor Sarah O'Hara | Professor Stuart Haszeldine OBE | PwC | Reactive Downhole Tools | RPS Energy | Savills | Schlumberger Oilfield Services UK | Shale Gas World UK | Shell | SLR Consulting | Sobieski Institute | Squire Sanders | Tata Steel | Tees Valley LEP | Terra Firma | The Kosciuszko Institute | Total | TUC | UCG Engineering Ltd | UK Energy Research Centre | UK Onshore Operators Group | Underground Coal Gasification Association | Unite | Water UK | Whessoe | World Energy Council | WWF [24]

Members as at July 2015

Alan Webster | Alberta Energy Regulator | Anglican Water | Arup | atg UV Technology | BASF | Berwin Leighton Paisner | Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Eco Dev Co | Calor Gas | CCS Association | Celtique Energy | Centrica | Clear Solutions International Ltd | Consumer Futures | Costain | Councilor for Larkswood Ward | Cuadrilla | Dimitri Zenghelis | Dow Chemical Ltd | Dr Alan Herbert | Dr Matthew Humphrey | Dr Rob Ward | Durham University | EEF | Energies and Utilities Alliance | Energy Industries Council | Energy UK | Enzen | Epi-V | ESB | Essar Energy | Eversheds LLP | Frack Free Balcombe Residents Association (FFBRA) | Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment | GroundGas Solutions | GrowHow | Hydrock | Igas Energy | IGEM | Ineos UK | Institute & Faculty of Actuaries | Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers | International Shale Gas & Oil Journal | IoD | John Whitton | Lloyd's Register | Local Government Association | Macquarie Capital | Peter van Der Borgh(FGS) | National Energy Action | National Physical Laboratory | Newcastle University | No FIBS(No Fracking in Balcombe Society | North East LEP | Oil and Gas UK | Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology | Peel Environmental | Peter Atherton | Peter Brett Associates | Petrafiz | Petroleum Safety Services Limited | Preston New Road Community Group | Professor Geoffrey Hammond | Professor Iain Stewart (academic) | Professor Kevin Taylor | Professor Mike Bowman | Professor Richard Davies | Professor Richard Selley | Professor Sarah O'Hara | Professor Stuart Haszeldine OBE | PwC | Reactive Downhole Tools | Remsol | RPS Energy | Savills | Schlumberger Oilfield Services UK | Shale Gas World UK | Shell | SLR Consulting | Sobieski Institute | Squire Sanders | Tata Steel | Tees Valley LEP | Terra Firma | The Kosciuszko Institute | TUC | UCC Engineering Ltd | UK Energy Research Centre | UK Onshore Operators Group | Underground Coal Gasification Association | Unite | Water UK | Whessoe | World Energy Council | WWF [25]

Members as at March 2014

Berwin Leighton Paisner | 3Legs Resources | Eversheds LLP | Alan Webster | Centrica | Cuadrilla | Arup | ASCO Group | Calor Gas | CCS Association | Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management | Clear Solutions International Ltd | CNG Services | Consumer Futures | Costain | Councillor John Moss | Dimitri Zenghelis | Dow Chemical Ltd | Dr Alan Herbert | Dr Mathew Humphrey | Dr Rob Ward | EEF | Energy and Utilities Alliance | Energy Industries Council | Energy UK | Epi-V | ESB | Essar Energy | Ground Gas Solutions | GrowHow | Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment [LSE]] | Hydrock | Igas Energy | IGEM | Ineos UK | Institute & Faculty of Actuaries | Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers | IoD | K&L Gates LLP | Lloyd's Register | Macfarlanes LLP | Macquarie Capital | Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe Ltd | MWH | National Energy Action | National Physical Laboratory | North East LEP | Norwest Energy | Oil and Gas UK | Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology | Peel Environmental | Peter Atherton | Petrafiz | PricewaterhouseCoopers | Professor Geoffrey Hammond | Professor Joe Howe | Professor Iain Stewart | Professor Kevin Taylor | Professor Mike Bowman | Professor Richard Davies | Professor Richard Selley | Professor Sarah O'Hara | Quatre Ltd | Reactive Downhole Tools Ltd | Remsol | RPS | Savills | Shale Gas World UK | Shell | SLR Consulting | Sobieski Institute | Squire Sanders | Statoil | Tata Steel | Tees Valley LEP | TerraFirma Roadways Ltd | Total | TUC | UK Energy Research Centre | UK Onshore Operators Group | Underground Coal Gasification Association | Unite | URS | Ltd | WaterUK | The Weir Group | Whessoe | WWF | [26]

Advisory Membership Panel

The APPG's website states that:

The Group is overseen by an independent Advisory Panel of eight experts drawn from across the Associate Membership to provide specialist knowledge and guidance, and support the work of the Group. The views of the Advisory Panel represent a broad spectrum and do not indicate either support for or opposition to unconventional oil and gas.

Original members

Contact

Lobbying firm Edelman's address was given until December 2014: appgunconventionaloilandgas@edelman.com. Hill & Knowlton Strategies have managed the APPG and acted as a contact point since around August 2014.

Resources

See Powerbase investigation: Fracking lobbying firms

See Powerbase investigation: Fracking Spads

Notes

  1. About the APPG, All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas, accessed 9 September 2013.
  2. Melissa Jones, Fracking parliamentary groups hang up their hard hats, Spinwatch, 5 October 2017
  3. APPG on Unconventional Oil and Gas in collaboration with the APPG on Energy Costs The mid-term prospects for the oil price and its impact upon UK investment and policy-making, APPG Unconventional Oil and Gas website, 14 January 2015, accessed 23 September 2016.
  4. APPG on Unconventional Oil and Gas The UK’s Constituency Shale Map, APPG Unconventional Oil and Gas website, 24 February 2015, accessed 23 September 2016.
  5. Implications of the new Government for the UK shale industry, APPG Unconventional Oil and Gas website, 14 July 2015, accessed 21 September 2016.
  6. Summary of event with Andrea Leadsom MP, Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, APPG Unconventional Oil and Gas website, 26 October 2015, accessed 21 September 2016.
  7. PRESENTATION: Jason Gammel addresses the APPG, APPG Unconventional Oil and Gas website, 22 March 2016, accessed 21 September 2016.
  8. Summary of meeting, APPG website, accessed 16 December 2016.
  9. Unconventional Oil & Gas APPG Officers, parliament.uk, accessed 11 February 2016
  10. 10.0 10.1 Unconventional Oil & Gas APPG, parliament.uk, accessed 26 April 2016
  11. 11.0 11.1 Unconventional Oil & Gas APPG, Register 28 April 2016, parliament.uk, accessed 11 May 2016
  12. Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups [as at 3 February 2016.]
  13. Parliamentary Members, All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas, accessed August 2015.
  14. Parliamentary Members, All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas, accessed June 2015.
  15. Parliamentary Members, All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas, accessed 9 September 2013.
  16. Register of All-party groups (As at 24 July 2013), UK Parliament.
  17. Register Of All-Party Groups [as at 30 January 2015] Unconventional Oil and Gas, accessed 24 March 2015
  18. Register of All-Party Groups as at 29 September 2015,www.parliament.uk, accessed 30 September 2015
  19. Unconventional Oil & Gas APPG, www.parliament.uk, accessed 25 November 2015
  20. Unconventional Oil & Gas contributors, www.parliament.uk, accessed 11 February 2016
  21. Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups (as at 12 October 2016), Parliament.uk, accessed 11 November 2016.
  22. Associate Members, APPG
  23. APPG Associate Members July 2016APPG on Unconventional Oil and Gas, accessed 26 April 2016
  24. APPG Associate Members July 2015APPG on Unconventional Oil and Gas, accessed 11 February 2016
  25. APPG Associate Members July 2015APPG on Unconventional Oil and Gas, accessed 29 September 2015
  26. As at 18 March 2014
  27. Advisory Membership Panel, APPG Unconventional Oil and Gas website, undated, acc 25 June 2014