Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has urged constituents to be involved in the public consultation on Unconventional Oil and Gas (UOG), which includes the controversial practise of Fracking.

Speaking today after the Scottish Government announced the results of its research and evidence gathering into the processes of UOG would be published and put out to a public consultation, the SNP MSP for Falkirk East welcomed the move, and called on every member of the public with an opinion to become involved, and make sure their voices are heard.

Commenting, Angus MacDonald MSP said:

“Today’s statement shows further commitment to the public, from the Scottish Government. We have seen, through the extensive nature of the reports published, that the Scottish Government are committed to an evidence based, cautious approach, and that anyone who has an opinion and a voice of any sort, is able to scrutinise these reports and give that opinion, which will be listened to.

“I would encourage everyone in my constituency to be involved in this consultation. The Scottish Government needs as much information and evidence as possible from the public and stakeholders in order to make an informed decision, which is expected to be announced in the second half of the year following the Scottish Parliament’s scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan.

“As it stands, and until I have read all of the research and evidence, I still remain sceptical around the processes involved in fracking, however it is clear there is significant public opinion on the matter of Unconventional Oil and Gas, and it is important that the voices of my constituents are heard through this consultation.”

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