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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?
Having seen the documentary film that was released in the US a few years ago I would have thought that this is something the Scottish government would dismiss out of hand. In the documentary villages suffered contamination of their groundwater supplies (although the companies that were fracking denied all knowledge). We are a small island in the scheme of things and should not be putting profit before the well being of the population. We certainly have the water supply to power such a process but the risks to the environment and humanity are too great including air pollution, methane leaks, inducing local earthquakes etc. It is sheer desperation to go down this road and I don't think it is a process that you can effectively risk assess as you really cannot predict what will happen so we should always fall on the side of public safety. The areas identified as appropriate for fracking in Scotland are some of the most densely populated areas.

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?
The risk is too great so trying to bribe the local communities with some incentives is not the answer. This decision is too big for a group of parliamentarians to decide, it should be decided by the country. A referendum on the issue should be the path forward (ask the people as it is our country).

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?
There are too many unknowns to say it would have a positive impact. It doesn't appear that it will effect energy bills either. There are too many unknowns from a risk perspective and also from a economical standpoint that should result in it being stopped. Yes it may generate some jobs for a period of time but what if it all goes wrong and we end up with major environmental issues in and around the central belt of Scotland?

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?
Too risky for limited return. We need to think of the Scottish people first and their health and safety (and not be dictated to by major industry players like INEOS who only have profit in mind with no consideration for our country and welfare). The Scottish government has already made some of the most picturesque areas of Scotland an eyesore with their renewable energy plans (hundreds of windmills on the hills etc). I don't think there is a role for unconventional oil and gas but the whole thing just smacks of desperation by the Scottish government to add some much needed cash to the economy at the potential expense of our beautiful country and people.

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?
Very worried and who wouldn't be, you don't know what is going to happen to the environment when you start blasting water into the earth. This is not some report island we are talking about here it is the most populated areas of Scotland we would be doing this and is far too risky to even consider for what could be very limited return. Risk far outweighs the return in this case. I am actually really surprised we are even talking about it and should be dismissing out of hand. I can only assume some private companies (INEOS) are driving the argument for as they have no interest in our country after all.

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?
More concerned about potential contamination, earthquakes and toxic leaks than climate change to be honest.

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?
I am not sure we even know enough about the whole process (due to the huge variability and unknowns in the process) to even establish effective regulatory controls.

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?
No real benefits apart from a small amount of money for the economy.

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?
Contaminated water courses, toxic leaks, earthquakes which speaks for itself. The risk is too great, don't do it.

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