Statement on Shale Shipment to Grangemouth
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 12:51
I remain sceptical about the process of fracking, and fully support The Scottish Government’s series of independent research projects into unconventional oil and gas to examine potential environmental, health and economic impacts to inform our evidence-led approach. These are due to report later this year, with the public consultation taking place during winter 2016/17. The moratorium will remain in place throughout this process and the Scottish Government will use the results of the consultation to inform its decision on the way forward. I am confident in the extensive research and evidence gathering programme which has been undertaken by the Scottish Government. Obviously fracking cannot be carried out in Scotland under the moratorium which is in place and I am fully supportive of this.
However, this first shipment of shale gas from the US stands as a symbol of security for industry in Grangemouth for the foreseeable future. This is a positive step for the local economy, and for Scotland as a whole, helping to secure 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in Falkirk district and the wider Central Belt.