The Scottish Government is currently running a public consultation on unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.
The consultation explores the evidence on the potential impacts of shale oil and gas, and coal bed methane, and the technologies involved in extraction, including hydraulic fracturing.
The consultation can be read and responded to via the Scottish Government’s consultation platform, Citizen Space, at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/fracking-unconventional-oil-and-gas/. They are inviting responses to the consultation by 31 May.
There are a number of other ways to engage in the consultation. In addition to publishing this consultation document, they have launched a temporary unconventional oil and gas website, which you can access here: www.talkingfracking.scot. The site has been designed to provide a user-friendly route to accessing all the materials and evidence that support this consultation. We encourage those wishing to explore the issues further to visit this site.
A discussion pack has been prepared to help communities and stakeholders to explore and discuss the issues in groups. This can be accessed through the unconventional oil and gas website: www.talkingfracking.scot. The results of those discussions can be submitted to the Scottish Government and will be treated as a formal response to this consultation. Further information, including frequently asked questions and group discussion packs, can be found at www.talkingfracking.scot.