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.