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Unconventional Oil and Gas: Understanding and Mitigating Community Impacts from Transportation

Unconventional Oil and Gas: Understanding and Mitigating Community Impacts from Transportation

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

ISBN: 9781786523983

An independent research project into understanding and mitigating community impacts from transportation commissioned by the Scottish Government as part of a programme of evidence-gathering on unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

Executive Summary

On 28 January 2015 the Scottish Government announced a moratorium on unconventional oil and gas (UOG).

Scottish Ministers commissioned a series of independent research projects into UOG to examine the potential environmental, health and economic impacts and to inform our evidence-led approach.

The research project into transport impacts was carried out by Ricardo AEA. The research aims were to set out:

• the scope and scale of increased traffic volumes in community localities around site(s) during the four stages of unconventional oil and gas development (exploration, appraisal, production and decommissioning & restoration);

• the range of potential impacts (and duration of impacts) of these traffic volumes, and robust regulatory and other options that could mitigate impacts for communities.