A package of six research reports have been published today (8 November 2016) to inform the Scottish Government’s position on whether or not to allow any Unconventional Oil and Gas (UOG) development in Scotland.
The Scottish Government put in place a moratorium on UOG in January 2015 and, while it is in force, this prevents the development of any project involving hydraulic fracturing, also known as ‘fracking’, or any coal bed methane extraction technologies.
This package of research, which addresses evidential gaps identified by the Independent Expert Panel established by the Scottish Government to look at the issues around UOG. The research will now inform a public consultation which will launch in tandem with the consultation on the Scottish Government’s draft Energy Strategy and the, parallel, Climate Change Plan, being published in draft form in the early New Year.
The independent research published today covers the following issues in relation to UOG:
- Public health impacts
- Economic impacts
- Climate change impacts
- Understanding and monitoring induced seismic activity
- Understanding and mitigating community level impacts from transportation Decommissioning, site restoration and aftercare.
The moratorium on UOG which, through the Scottish Government’s environmental licensing and planning powers, prevents hydraulic fracturing taking place in Scotland will remain in place throughout this process, and Ministers will use the research and the views gathered though the consultation to inform its decision on the use of UOG technologies in Scotland.
The following independent experts completed the research projects.
- A Public Health Impact Assessment, undertaken by Health Protection Scotland and drawing on the expertise of others including NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
- Economic impacts and scenario development: Undertaken by KPMG
- Climate change impacts: Undertaken by the Committee on Climate Change.
- Understanding and monitoring induced seismic activity: Undertaken by the British Geological Survey.
- Understanding and mitigating community level impacts from transportation: Undertaken by Ricardo.
- Decommissioning, site restoration and aftercare – obligations and treatment of financial liabilities: Undertaken by AECOM.
You can read the full reports by following the link. Due to copyright I cannot reproduce them for you on this website. http://news.gov.scot/news/unconventional-oil-and-gas-research-published