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Unconventional Oil and Gas: Understanding and Monitoring Induced Seismic Activity

Unconventional Oil and Gas: Understanding and Monitoring Induced Seismic Activity

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

ISBN: 9781786523952

An independent research project into understanding and monitoring induced seismic activity 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 understanding and monitoring induced seismic activity was carried out by the British Geological Survey. The research aims were to:

• better understand the levels of induced seismic activity that could be associated with unconventional oil and gas activities in Scotland;

• better understand the robust regulatory and non-regulatory actions that can be taken to mitigate any noticeable effects on communities.