The future of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland has proven both complex and controversial, and deeply held, sincere views have emerged on all sides of the debate.
The Scottish Government’s position is to take a cautious, evidence-led approach while we gather and consider evidence. In January 2015, the Scottish Government put in place a moratorium on unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland, which prevents hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas, and coal bed methane extraction taking place while the Scottish Government investigates evidence on potential impacts.
To support this consultation, the Scottish Government has compiled a comprehensive evidence-base. This has included commissioning a report by an Independent Expert Scientific Panel, and commissioning a series of research projects to explore certain issues in more detail.
A dedicated website, www.talkingfracking.scot, will run for the duration of the consultation. The website provides user-friendly information on unconventional oil and gas, and the findings of the research commissioned by the Scottish Government.
Discussion tool-kits have been created to help communities and other groups participate in the consultation. These can be accessed at www.talkingfracking.scot.