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Community Considerations

1. What are your views on the potential social, community and health impacts of an unconventional oil and gas industry in Scotland?

What are your views on the potential social, community and health impacts of an unconventional oil and gas industry in Scotland?
The health impacts seem obvious from what is happening in parts of the USA, in that health is adversely affected. The residents close to such UOG sites state many health problems mainly pertaining to water contamination problems and gas leakage. They are no social benefits for those who live close to the sites and communities close to such sites also seem to be largely against Fracking.

2. What are your views on the community benefit schemes that could apply, were an unconventional oil and gas industry to be developed in Scotland?

What are your views on the community benefit schemes that could apply, were an unconventional oil and gas industry to be developed in Scotland?
Community benefit schemes would not be necessary if the process was beneficial in itself. These schemes are designed to try and offset the many problems that fracking cause and the many legitimate fears opponents of fracking voice. No scheme will be suitable enough to undo the health damage and environmental damage that fracking can and often does lead to.

Economic Considerations

3. What are your views on the potential impact of unconventional oil and gas industry on Scotland's economy and manufacturing sector?

What are your views on the potential impact of unconventional oil and gas industry on Scotland's economy and manufacturing sector?
I really do not think the impact will be significant. Once a fracking site is set up - it is left unattended in most cases to run automatically. So very few people will ever be involved in the process. The money gained from fracking will not flow into the communities to any degree that will make any real difference. The manufacturing sector will be little affected as although the impact of fracking can be huge the actual manufacturing needs required to create a fracking site is very small. The benefits to the manufacturing sector are very small. Scotland's economy could well prosper given the right circumstances, but turning Scotland into a baron unlivable wasteland of fracking sites is a huge price to pay for a nice bank account which ultimately will never be seen by Scots as they will have all left the country or died from poisoning. To make a real economic benefit for Scotland we would have to turn Scotland into a new "black country" of the midlands during the industrial revolution. The Scots will not stand for that.

4. What are your views on the potential role of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland's energy mix?

What are your views on the potential role of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland's energy mix?
UOG has no role in Scotland's energy plans. It is returning us to a dependency on irreplaceable fossil fuels and not the green, clean environment of renewable energy. It is a backwards step into the known dangers of fracking. The only people who benefit from fracking are the oil and gas companies.

Environmental Considerations

5. What are your views on the potential environmental impacts of an unconventional oil and gas industry in Scotland?

What are your views on the potential environmental impacts of an unconventional oil and gas industry in Scotland?
We have seen in the USA fracking can cause gas leaks that escape via people's indoor plumbing. The idea that we can set our tap water on fire is horrendous. The water is unfit for human consumption in many parts, huge lakes of poisonous water and a poisoned water mantle are the impacts that we can expect to face as have been seen elsewhere. Fracking will truly destroy the environment of Scotland.

6. What are your views on the potential climate change impacts of unconventional oil and gas industry in Scotland?

What are your views on the potential climate change impacts of unconventional oil and gas industry in Scotland?
Burning fossil fuels is a big problem for the world and the climate. Scotland is doing the right thing by converting to green energy and is doing an amazing world leading job of making Scotland clean. Fracking will have a devastating local and international effect that we cannot justify or balance with our green future.

7. What are your views on the regulatory framework that would apply to an unconventional oil and gas industry in Scotland?

hat are you views on the regulatory framework that would apply to an unconventional oil and gas industry in Scotland?
We have seen in the banking sector recently and still occurring to this day, when huge profits are possible large corporations do not care about regulations. Regulations only come into effect after something has gone wrong, or been found to have gone wrong. It is too late by that point. But as stated, the regulatory framework will be ignored.

Concluding Remarks

8. Overall, and in light of the available evidence, what do you think would be the main benefits, if any, of an unconventional oil and gas industry in Scotland?

Overall, and in light of the available evidence, what do you think would be the main benefits, if any, of an unconventional oil and gas industry in Scotland?
There will be no benefits.

9. Overall, and in light of the available evidence, what do you think would be the main risks or challenges, if any, of an unconventional oil and gas industry in Scotland?

Overall, and in light of the available evidence, what do you think would be the main risks or challenges, if any, of an unconventional oil and gas industry in Scotland?
The main risks are self-evident. 1) Massive pollution of our fresh water 2) Massive pollution of our environment 3) Massive contribution to the pollution of the climate 4) Massive health issues

10. If you have any other comments on the issues discussed in this consultation, please provide them here.

If you have any other comments on the issues discussed in this consultation, please provide them here.
Do not be fooled by the perfect world described by the producers and supporters of fracking sites. Just look on YouTube for the problems fracking actually cause. They say that fracking does not cause water table problems but refuse to drink the water when offered to them.

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