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SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald is encouraging individuals, organisations and communities in the Falkirk District to make sure their opinions are heard when it comes to unconventional oil and gas.

The Scottish Government have, today, launched their consultation on the industry in order to garner public opinion on what has proved to be a highly controversial industry. This comes after a full range of impartial, independent information was presented by the Scottish Government, in order for an informed debate and dialogue to take place.

The consultation is online and is open for submissions until the 31 May 2017, and is an opportunity for the public to give their views on the technologies and industry as a whole.

Welcoming the launch of the consultation, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald for Falkirk East said:

“The debate on the future of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland has proven both complex and controversial. It is also an issue that has stimulated intense discussion, motivated by deeply held and sincere views on all sides.

“It is important that everyone, on all sides, as the opportunity to have their say on the unconventional oil and gas industry, and that the Scottish Government is given the opportunity to consider these opinions in order to make these important decisions.

“As most of Scotland’s unconventional oil and gas deposits occur in and around former coalfields and oil shale fields in Scotland’s Central Belt, which contains some of the most densely populated areas of the country, as well as in the area around Canonbie, Dumfriesshire, it is vitally important that communities, businesses and interest groups from across Scotland have an opportunity to put their views across.

“I am encouraging everyone in my constituency, and beyond, to speak up and be heard on this vitally important issue as soon as they possibly can.”

The consultation can be found here:

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