The Community Council has received the following:
Dear East Lothian Community Councils,
The Scottish Government is currently running a public consultation on unconventional oil and gas in Scotland. The consultation explores the evidence on the potential impacts of shale oil and gas, and coal bed methane, and the technologies involved in extraction, including hydraulic fracturing.
The consultation can be read and responded to via the Scottish Government’s consultation platform, Citizen Space, at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/fracking-unconventional-oil-and-gas/. We are inviting responses to the consultation by 31 May.
There are a number of other ways for you and your members to engage in the consultation. In addition to publishing this consultation document, we have launched a temporary unconventional oil and gas website, which you can access here: www.talkingfracking.scot. The site has been designed to provide a user-friendly route to accessing all the materials and evidence that support this consultation. We encourage those wishing to explore the issues further to visit this site.
Your community council may be particularly interested in a discussion pack which has been prepared to help communities and stakeholders to explore and discuss the issues in groups. This can be accessed through our unconventional oil and gas website:
ingfracking.scot. The results of those discussions can be submitted to the Scottish Government and will be treated as a formal response to this consultation. Further information, including frequently asked questions and group discussion packs, can be found at www.talkingfracking.scot.
We are happy to provide paper copies of the consultation document and discussion packs. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like these sent to you.
You can request these by responding to this email or calling on 0131 244 9380. We are also happy to receive responses in alternative formats, e.g. spoken responses, other languages. The consultation is also available in alternate formats on request, including Easy Read, large print, Braille, British Sign Language and other languages.