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.
“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.
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