frackingconsultThe Scottish Government recently launched a consultation into the use of fracking. The future of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland has proven both complex and controversial, and deeply held, sincere views have emerged on all sides of the debate.

A dedicated website has been created for the duration of the consultation that will provide user-friendly information on unconventional oil and gas and the findings of the research commissioned by the Scottish Government. Discussion tool-kits have also been created to help communities and other groups participate in the consultation, which will run from 31 January to 31 May 2017.

Friends of the Earth Scotland Head of Campaigns Mary Church said:

Fracking is bad for the climate, bad for public health and threatens communities across Scotland. Nation-wide resistance led the Scottish Government to call a halt to onshore gas drilling and fracking two years ago. If we don’t turn the current moratorium into a ban, communities across the central belt of Scotland will continue to be at risk from this dirty industry.

Support for fracking is at an all time low. People just don’t want this dirty, dangerous industry. We will be encouraging people to respond in huge numbers and are confident that they will give a clear signal to the Scottish Government to ban fracking for good.”

foes_bfn_560x292Friends of the Earth Scotland are asking people to take action now to tell the Government why fracking should never be allowed to go ahead in Scotland.