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Evidence-gathering

On 08 October 2015, the Scottish Government lodged a Statement with the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) setting out details of the consultation timetable and programme of evidence gathering.  The timetable can be found below.

On 09 December 2015, the Scottish Government commenced the tendering of research projects. Read the further details of these projects.

Commissioned research projects

The following reports were published on 08 November 2016:

Health Impact Assessment

Health Protection Scotland published their report on 08 November 2016.  A copy of this report can be found on the Heath Protection Scotland website.

The Health Impact Assessment undertaken by Health Protection Scotland addressed the following questions:

  • What are the potential risks to health associated with exploration for and exploitation of shale oil and gas and coal bed methane?

  • What are the wider health implications of deploying the technology necessary for the exploration and exploitation of shale oil and gas and coal bed methane?

  • What options could there be to mitigate any potential adverse impacts that are identified?

Health Protection Scotland (HPS) coordinated the work, drawing on the expertise of others including NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Robust Regulation

As part of the cautious and evidence-led approach to unconventional oil and gas, the Scottish Government hosted a one-day event for the key regulators, which took place on 13 October 2016. The Scottish Government is not proposing to make any changes to regulation at this time. 

The workshop aimed to consider the current regulatory framework and the range of observations made about it to date. No assumptions were made about possible outcomes of the consultation. A summary of the workshop is available to view here and an overview of the current regulatory framework is available here.

Consultation Timetable and Programme of Evidence-Gathering

Summary of work and timetable

Task

Date

Evidence-gathering

Public Health Impact Assessment (Health Protection Scotland)

Autumn 2015 – Summer 2016

- Stakeholder workshops

Autumn/Winter 2015

- Peer review

Spring/Summer 2016

- Publish Final Report

Summer 2016

Research project 1 - Transport impacts

Autumn 2015 – Summer 2016

- Open and competitive tender

Autumn/Winter 2015

- Appoint contractor

Winter 2015/16

- Stakeholder workshops

Winter 2015/16

- Publish Final Report

Summer 2016

Research project 2 - Decommissioning and aftercare

Autumn 2015 – Summer 2016

- Open and competitive tender

Autumn/Winter 2015

- Appoint contractor

Winter 2015/16

- Stakeholder workshops

Winter 2015/16

- Publish Final Report

Summer 2016

Research project 3 - Seismic activity and monitoring

Autumn 2015 – Summer 2016

- Open and competitive tender

Autumn/Winter 2015

- Appoint contractor

Winter 2015/16

- Stakeholder workshops

Winter 2015/16

- Publish Final Report

Summer 2016

Research project 4 - Economic Impacts

Winter 2015/16 – Summer 2016

Research Project 5 - Climate Change Impacts

Winter 2015/16 – Summer 2016

Regulation and Planning

Workshops and Engagement

Winter 2015/16 – Summer 2016

Report on Findings

Autumn 2016

Consultation

Pre-consultation engagement (including stakeholder forums, and public engagement)

Winter 2015/16 – Autumn 2016

4 month Public Consultation

Winter 2016/17

Consultation Analysis

Spring 2017