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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?
It will be like many other industries, people will feel it is good for them because it brings jobs and short term wealth as a result, but the reality is that big business is run for the sake of other key stakeholders and any benefit to local communities or workers are either irrelevant or a convenient lever to be operated for their increased gain. If the alternative to unconventional oil and gas is unemployment and benefits then it is hard to make a case against it. If we can provide a more positive, prosperous alternative future then that is what we should do.

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 are mere token gestures, verging on insulting. I have first hand experience of wind-turbine developments in the highlands where local areas benefit from grants of £1000 here and £10000 there. Of course these individual awards make a difference to the playgroup or sports club that receives them but that is because we are not investing in our communities properly and so these clubs are dependent on handouts wherever they can get them. I am 100% behind the drive for renewable energy and do not have any issues with them happening in my back yard, but the local community do not benefit from employment for these because of whom contracts are awarded to, they do not benefit from any preferential energy rates as a result of their local being used for the energy generation (in fact they usually pay higher prices) and they lose some of the beautiful scenery that they used to enjoy. Our energy strategy should not be to benefit big business and see what token gestures we can off the locals, it should be to allow the community to be at the centre of developing the strategy and involve big business where it is needed to enable success, but to engage them on socially beneficial terms. Lets have lots more medium sized developments which make communities self-sufficient rather than monster developments so that we can export the outputs for others to benefit.

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?
If it is deemed to be safe and an essential component of a cohesive strategy for Scotland then we should ensure that the industry is established and develops in a way that; > is safe > is driven to benefit all of Scotlands people, not corporate shareholders > helps tackle other challenges e.g. look to utilise existing workforces and industrial infrastructures that exist in say Aberdeenshire or The Clyde area so that we can provide continuity of employment and prosperity beyond current industries. > has appropriate leadership, stewardship and governance going forward. we cannot leave this to be shaped and led by those only interested in making money. > ensures 'profits' are reinvested in the industry, used for long-term improvement of the country or are ring-fenced to provide stability n the future if needed. On this basis, unconventional oil and gas could have a fantastic impact, but only if it is safe.

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?
It is very difficult to form a fact based view when so many information sources are driven by their own personal agendas. I believe it is up to the Scottish Parliament to orchestrate the experts and key stakeholders to decide this as it is fundamentally based on how safe the technology is and whether it has any long term risks or issues that we need to sign-up to now (it is obscene that we do not include the cost of de-commissioning nuclear sites within the argument for how expensive that form of energy provision is). Whoever benefits from the up sides of this (e.g. the people or big business) must also commit to dealing with any downsides. If it is deemed that this form of energy is safe and required than I am very happy for it to be in the mix, as long as some of the previous points I made have been addressed. A key element of this must be strong contra around where it is allowed to happen. We cannot continue to undervalue our countryside and landscape at the expense of profits in the energy sector.

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?
With what I know at the moment, I think the impact is unacceptable and I would question the motives of anyone who was behind progressing this. As long as questions exists then supporters can only be interested in either profits or their own short term gains. Neither of these is acceptable for such a decision.

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?
Don't have any.

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?
As previously stated, this has to be key. However, we only have to look at Financial Services to see that it is very difficult to have adequate governance an industry that is driven by profit for the benefit of a few. The industry needs to be set up for the benefit of the country and then appropriate governance has a chance. The exact framework required needs a lot of thought but it needs to have a balance of all stakeholders involved, government, industry, community but it also has to ensure it has a long term view especially regarding environmental issues. It should not be allowed to be driven by profit makers or political agendas. this will only lead to corruption and abuse.

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?
The benefits will be employment for some (and the associated benefits to the economy) and profit for multi-nationals and their shareholders.

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?
> Safety > Profits will not be for the benefit of Scotland > Those who benefit in the short term will not be around when any long-term consequences are understood. > Impact on our countryside and landscape.

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.
None. Thanks for asking.

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