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MSP urges caution following reports that INEOS are to test drill for shale gas

SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has responded to weekend news reports in the Sunday Herald that INEOS plan to press ahead with planning applications to test drill for shale gas.

Speaking in his Falkirk East constituency - which takes in the town of Grangemouth and it's Oil Refinery - Mr. MacDonald commented,

“I am currently seeking clarification from the Scottish Government as to whether the current moratorium on fracking covers test drilling for shale gas. As test drilling will not involve fracking it may be that exploratory testing can be undertaken.

“In the meantime I support the Scottish Government’s cautious, considered, evidence-based approach to the issue.

“The Scottish Government has announced a series of research into the issues and will also undertake a full public consultation to allow every interested organisation and any member of the public to input their views.  The SNP Government’s approach is in stark contrast to the gung ho approach of the Westminster Government.

“Our approach has been welcomed by both the environmental NGOs and by industry.

“I believe there is no need for a dash for gas. Ineos have a 15 year contract for the supply of shale gas from the USA, and there is of course the possibility that in 15 years’ time it may still be cheaper to import the ethane required for the Grangemouth plant from the United States.

“While there are still so many unanswered questions on this issue it is right that the Scottish Government’s moratorium is in place and proper public consultations and health impact studies are undertaken.”

Copyright © Angus MacDonald MSP 2017

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