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Fracking reports reveal low level of risk

Paul Wheelhouse: consultation (Photo by Terry Murden)
Paul Wheelhouse: consultation

Initial research on the impact of fracking in Scotland has found no evidence that it would be damaging to the environment or public health.

Instead, the experts who were commissioned to investigate the industry found that it could attract £2.2 billion of direct expenditure in Scotland and a further £1.2bn of benefits for the supply chain. It would create up to 1,400 jobs at its peak.

The Scottish Government imposed a moratorium on ‘unconventional oil and gas’ in January 2015, preventing the development of any project involving hydraulic fracturing, also known as ‘fracking’, or any coal bed methane extraction technologies.

In six papers commissioned by the Scottish Government, experts have concluded that:

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