UKOOG: Over 3,000 Jobs Could Be Created by Scottish Shale Gas Industry
UK onshore industry body, UKOOG, has revealed that over 3,000 Scottish jobs could be created as a result of shale gas exploitation in Scotland.
The statistic was published in UKOOG’s new website, which was created to explain how gas is used in Scotland, where it’s sourced and what the future could look like for both the economy and the environment if shale gas were to be extracted onshore in the country.
UKOOG is calling for Scotland to realize a ‘significant economic opportunity’ by lifting the moratorium on unconventional oil and gas exploration.
“We strongly believe that there is a significant economic opportunity for Scotland but we recognize that as a result of a deeply polarized debate, and an extremely unfair depiction by some of the onshore oil and gas industry, there is still much to do to ensure local communities within the central shale belt have proper information,” Ken Cronin, chief executive of UKOOG, said in an organization statement.
“Our conviction that a moratorium is no longer justified is underlined by the fact 30 wells have been drilled in the last 20 years and gas has been produced in the central belt of Scotland. This has happened without incident – to the environment or to public health,” he added.
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