County Planning

Oil and Gas development

Oil and Gas event - 5 June 2014

Updated 28 July 2014

Event summary and presentations

Oil and gas are important mineral resources and primary resources of energy in the United Kingdom. Oil and gas includes both conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons. Hampshire has a number of areas of conventional onshore oil and gas production which are the result of considerable exploration activity in the last 30 years. There is currently no unconventional oil or gas development in Hampshire.

There has been a significant uptake in interest on issues associated with oil and gas development in the last 12 months, particularly in relation to the potential for unconventional shale oil and gas extraction and associated hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) to take place in Hampshire.

In response to this, the Hampshire Authorities (Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council and the New Forest National Park Authority) held an event on ‘Oil and Gas Development in Hampshire’ on 5 June 2014 in Winchester. The purpose of the event was to disseminate information regarding oil and gas development in Hampshire and to discuss the issues associated with these activities.

A wide and varied mixture of delegates were invited to the event including elected members, District and Borough Councils, other minerals planning authorities, Parish and Town Councils, regulators operators and associated industry, local interest groups, environmental organisation

The day included presentations from the

University of Southampton, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Department for Communities and Local Government, Hampshire County Council, United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas Operators Group, Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Friends of the Earth, Frack Free Solent and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

The day also included question and answer sessions and round table discussions about what the main issues, concerns and opportunities which may be associated with oil and gas development.

The agenda for the event and delgate list is available to view below:

The presentations from the event are available to view below:

The Hampshire Authorities have published a Summary Report which sets out the main issues, themes and topics discussed on the day. It also sets out the events main outcomes and recommendations: Download the Oil and Gas June 2014 event summary report  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 4MB . Further to the publication of the Summary Report, the Health and Safety Executive has provided an update on the number of HSE inspectors  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 54kB.

The Hampshire Authorities will now consider the recommendations outlined in the report to undertake further work on oil and gas issues, in particular the preparation of a supplementary planning guidance (SPG).

For further information about oil and gas development in Hampshire you may also wish to read the On-shore Oil & Gas FAQs  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 3MB