- 21 Sep 2018
Date received: 20 August 2018
Date responded: 18 September 2018
A list of the Screening Directions issued by Scottish Ministers in the last 5 years; and a copy of each Screening Direction where that Direction relates to development that can be described as "extractive industry”
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I enclose all of the information you requested. The documents below list the Screening Directions issued by Scottish Ministers between 20 August 2013 and 20 August 2018. Also attached are details of a Screening Direction which can be described as "extractive industry”. We could only trace one which falls within the following category.
(a) Quarries, open-cast mining and peat extraction (unless included in Schedule 1);
(b) Underground mining;
(c) Extraction of minerals by marine or fluvial dredging;
(d) Deep drillings, in particular -
(i) Geothermal drilling;
(ii)Drilling for the storage of nuclear waste material;
(iii) Drilling for water supplies;
with the exception of drillings for investigating the suitability of the soil.
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