UKOOG Disappointed By Scottish Fracking Vote

UKOOG Disappointed By Scottish Fracking Vote
UKOOG, the representative body for UK onshore oil and gas, has expressed its disappointment over the Scottish Parliament's decision to ban fracking.

UKOOG, the representative body for UK onshore oil and gas, has expressed its disappointment over the Scottish Parliament’s decision to ban fracking.

“We are confident as an industry, based on over 50 years of experience both onshore and offshore, that hydraulic fracturing can be done safely and environmentally sensitively within the regulatory environment in Scotland,” said Ken Cronin, chief executive of UKOOG, in an organization statement.

“The oil and gas industry has made a huge contribution to the economy of Scotland. Onshore gas and oil will benefit the Scottish economy, not only directly, with jobs created through oil and gas extraction, but also indirectly, as oil and gas is a critical raw material for the chemicals industry at facilities such as Grangemouth,” he added.

“The onshore oil and gas industry has also committed to a multimillion pound program of benefits for local communities and stakeholders as well as boosting contributions to local councils,” Cronin concluded.

The Scottish National Party states on its official site that it is taking a “cautious, considered and evidenced-based approach to fracking”. In January 2015 the SNP Scottish Government placed a moratorium on granting consents for unconventional oil and gas extraction in order to allow “health and environmental impact tests to be carried out as well as a full public consultation to allow every interested organisation and any member of the public to input their views”.

“We are deeply sceptical about fracking and, through our moratorium, we have ensured that no fracking can take place in Scotland. Our abstention in this parliamentary vote respects and is in line with that moratorium.” said SNP member Paul Wheelhouse in a comment sent to Rigzone.

“In stark contrast to the gung-ho approach of the Tories, we are being rightly cautious. We have set out a full research program to be followed by a full consultation of people in Scotland, so that future decisions on fracking are informed by scientific evidence and the views of the people who live and work here. We recognize the views expressed in Parliament…and we have committed to ensuring that Parliament has the opportunity to fully consider the expert evidence once it is all available,” said Wheelhouse.

A graduate in journalism from Cardiff University, Andreas has eight years of experience as a business journalist. Email Andreas at andreas.exarheas@rigzone.com

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Bob Masnyk | Jun. 5, 2016
I have been in the business of tracing hydraulic fracturing operations since the 1980s. Fracturing operations, in particular for shale formations that are tight and have little or no permeability are essential for viable production levels and profitability. Unfortunatly, the technology has been given a bad rap by the governments and the general public as the result of the actions of certain greedy oil businesses that prefer to ramp up the horsepower of their fracking operations to maximize their production and immediate profits and then protect themselves with non-disclosure regulations (you know who I mean), They should be spending some money doing some growth propagation modeling in order to optimize quantities of water and proppants used; and mitigating risks such as smashing caprock , the natural containment mechanism of petroleum reservoirs, causing communication of hydrocarbons into non-saline aquifers, earthquakes etc. It seems horsepower is cheaper than modelling. it isnt if you destroy eco-habitats in the process. It is going to take a lot of work in order to regain confidence levels.

Brett Thomas | Jun. 2, 2016
Hope they dont complain when they have to pay higher prices and lose the local revenue they would have otherwise received.

Bill Cagle | Jun. 2, 2016
Hydraulic fracturing was first invented in 1948 by Stanolind Oil & Gas, which eventually became Amoco Production Co. which was absorbed into BP. U.S. patents were filed in 1948 and issued in 1952. So hydraulic fracturing in not new at all. About 2-3 million hydraulic fracturing jobs have been performed around the world since hydraulic fracturing was first used in the late 1940s. The new aspects of hydraulic fracturing are performing multi-frac injections in the long horizontal sections of wells. Hydraulic fracturing is just under 70 years old.

MikeM | Jun. 2, 2016
No surprise. Scotlands current MPs appear to be bent on the self-imposed impoverishment of Scotland. With a healthy dose of self-delusion as well, declaring themselves to be deeply skeptical while at the same time claiming to take an evidenced-based approach. Seriously.


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