United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG) and the GMB, a UK general trade union, have agreed on a joint charter on shale gas, focusing on safety, skills, and supply chain development.
The charter underlines a joint commitment to ensure:
• Gas is recognized as essential to British industry and households
• Gas has a key role in both the UK’s future energy supply and the move to a low carbon energy future
• An increased understanding about the importance of gas and the long history of exploration and production onshore in Britain
• The establishment of an Industry Safety Forum to build on regulatory and safety foundations in the sector
• Skilled jobs are created and local communities benefit through the employment and training opportunities that this brings
• British manufacturing and other supply chains have the opportunity to benefit from the development of the shale gas industry
Shale gas development has attracted a great deal of debate around health, safety, and the environment in recent years, and the GMB and UKOOG will seek to address these issues. This agreement will help build understanding among local communities and further bolster the strong safety and regulatory standards of the sector.
The GMB has welcomed UKOOG’s development of the National College for Onshore Oil and Gas. As part of this agreement, the GMB will have a seat on the Operation and Advisory Council of the National College.