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Annex 1: Note of the visit to the USA

In March 2011, we made a visit to Fort Worth and Austin in Texas, and to Washington DC. In Fort Worth we met with local shale gas industry representatives, environmental NGOs, academics and local federal officials. In Austin we held meetings with State regulators, oil and gas service industry representatives, and the Lt. Governor. In Washington DC we met federal energy and environment officials, as well as Congressmen from States where the shale gas industry was already developed (Texas) or developing (Pennsylvania). We discussed the lessons that each of these had learned over the past decade as the shale gas industry expanded in the USA.

Participating Members:

Mr Tim Yeo (Chair)

Dr Phillip Lee  Albert Owen  Dr Alan Whitehead

Sunday 6 March 2011

Briefing hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with Andy Pryce (Deputy Consul General in Houston) and Dr Liz Kane (First Secretary, Energy, British Embassy).

Monday 7 March 2011

Meetings with:

Chesapeake Energy, and a visit to a Barnett Shale gas production and model site.

Mr Mike Moncrief, Mayor of Fort Worth, Sarah Fullenwhider, City Attorney, and Randle Harwood, Gas Well Management officer for Fort Worth

Dr Armendariz, US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator for the Region

ExxonMobil and XTO

Dr Bruce Bullock, Director of the Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University, and Dr Ken Morgan, Director of the School of Geology, Energy and the Environment at Texas Christian University.

Tuesday 8 March 2011

Briefing from Mr Rod Nelson, Vice President of Communications at Schlumberger.

Meetings with:

Mr Ramon Alvarez and Mr Scott Anderson, Environmental Defense Fund.

Meeting with Mr John Tintera, Gil Bujano and Ramon Fernandez of the Texas Railroad Commission.

Representatives of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Lt. Governor of Texas David Dewhurst

Wednesday 9 March 2011

Meetings with:

Mr Bill Stevens, Executive Vice President of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, and State Representative Jim Keffer, chair of the House Energy Resources Committee.

The Sierra Club.

Dominick Chilcott, FCO Deputy Head of Mission in Washington DC, and Nick Bridge, FCO Counsellor for Global Issues in Washington DC.

Thursday 10 March 2011

Meetings with:

Mr Christopher Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for Oil and Gas, US Department of Energy.

Ms. Leslie Cronkhite, Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water, US Environmental Protection Agency.

Ambassador Richard Morningstar, Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy, US Department of State.

Congressman Mike Doyle, Democrat—Pennsylvania

Congressman Gene Green, Democrat—Texas

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Prepared 23 May 2011