Making the case against UGOE
In January 2015 the Scottish Government announced a moratorium on granting consents for unconventional oil and gas developments in Scotland whilst further research and a public consultation is carried out. While many people seem to think that UOGE (often popularly referred to as fracking) has been banned in Scotland, it is only 'on pause' as the government considers potential impacts in a range of areas.
In October 2015 the Scottish Government announced consultation themes to inform decision making in relation to the moratorium on UGE in Scotland. The Broad Alliance was given an opportunity, but no resources, to make its own submissions. In a unique citizens' research and writing project, we have made sure that the community case against UOGE is clearly stated. You can click on each topic to read our view:
Public Health Scotland is looking at health issues, but there was no submission process. However the Broad Alliance has drawn PHS' attention to the growing number of research reports showing negative health impacts or warning of potential negative health impacts from UGOE. Amongst these are is the New York State study, an in-depth report commissioned by the state Government, which led to a ban on fracking in NYS; a report by Professor Andrew Watterson's of Stirling University Health Impact Assessments, Regulation, and the Unconventional Gas Industry in the UK: Exploiting Resources, Ideology, and Expertise; three studies published by John Hopkins University in the past year which highlight increased risk of asthma attacks, sinus problems, migraines and fatigue for those living close to fracking wells in Pennsylvania.
A separate study was established by the Scottish government to look at the form of UOGE called Coal Bed Gasification and the Broad Alliance made a submission to this.
When the evidence-gathering is complete, the Scottish Government has guaranteed an extensive public consultation. The Broad Alliance is calling on ordinary people in communities across the country to inform themselves fully, and to use the opportunity to make their views clear.
Details of the current consultation timetables can be found here