An independent Expert Scientific Panel, convened by the Scottish Government, has today released a report on its review of the available scientific evidence on unconventional oil and gas. In a press release for the Scottish Government, The Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing, was quoted as saying:
“Unconventional oil & gas developments should only ever happen under a robust regulatory regime, and the Scottish Government takes this issue particularly seriously. Therefore the Scottish Government will set up a Working Group to consider the findings of the Expert Scientific Panel’s report in more detail and to ensure regulation of this industry is completely robust. We will announce the Chairperson, membership and remit of the Working Group in due course.
“The views of the local communities are of prime importance to us, and they will have an opportunity to feed their views and concerns into this group."