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Scottish Government Must Address Concerns about Unconventional Gas

  • Submitted by: Claire Baker, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour.
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 13 December 2012
  • Motion reference: S4M-05206

That the Parliament notes with concern that the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, has lifted the temporary suspension on hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking"; understands that the practice was halted following its triggering of two earth tremors at a shale gas drilling site in Lancashire; further understands that, under the current planning and regulatory framework, companies can start to use hydraulic fracturing and similar stimulation techniques without consulting local authorities and communities; notes that the Chancellor of the Exchequer recently announced the establishment of a new Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil in order to "streamline the regulatory process"; believes that a vast area covering the central belt of Scotland, including Fife, has been earmarked by the Department of Energy and Climate Change for potential exploration and development of oil and gas, including coalbed methane and shale gas; understands that the full scale of local environmental, health and climate impacts are as yet unknown, and urges the Scottish Government to undertake a thorough review of these and of the regulatory and planning framework in which these new forms of gas extraction operate, with a view to introducing national guidelines before the industry is allowed to roll out any further.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Richard Baker, Jayne Baxter, Claudia Beamish, Sarah Boyack, Malcolm Chisholm, Kezia Dugdale, Patricia Ferguson, Neil Findlay, Rhoda Grant, Iain Gray, Patrick Harvie, Hugh Henry, Alison Johnstone, Lewis Macdonald, Hanzala Malik, Margaret McCulloch, Margaret McDougall, Siobhan McMahon, Anne McTaggart, Drew Smith, Elaine Smith, Jean Urquhart