Fracking: A children’s rights issue?

With controversies and conversations around hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the news, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People has published a briefing on how the issue relates to the rights of children and young people.

The briefing on unconventional gas extraction focuses on issues around health, planning, and respect for the environment. It says that:

  • unconventional gas extraction may lead to unavoidable environmental and health impacts, even when caution is applied
  • care must be taken to make sure children’s views are heard in a meaningful way during the planning process for unconventional gas projects
  • consideration should be given to the effect climate change may have on children’s rights.