DPEA reporters to the Dart Energy Public Inquiry will start finalising writing their decision in October 2014 at the very earliest.

The Scottish Government are objecting to UK Government proposals which would remove the right of Scottish householders to object to oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing beneath their homes.

A 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. The Scottish Government will set up a Working Group to consider the findings of the report and local communities will have an opportunity to feed their views and concerns into this group.

The UK Government today launched the 14th onshore oil and gas licensing round, in which 20,000 square km across central and southern Scotland has been offered for unconventional fossil fuel exploitation.

Dart Energy today published a Scheme Booklet detailing their proposed acquisition by IGas Energy PLC which may not go through if they lose their current planning appeals in Falkirk and Stirling.

All parties in the Dart Energy public inquiry, including CCoF, today agreed to submit written evidence on NPF3 and the revised SPP.

The revised Scottish Planing Policy (SPP) released today, June 23 2014, stipulates the inclusion of risk assessments and buffer zones in CBM and fracking planning applications.

A day before the release of the revised Scottish Planning Policy (SPP), Stirling University's Professor Andrew Watterson emailed an open letter to Scottish Ministers regarding the SPP and the Unconventional Gas Industry. Read the full text here.

A eulogy for CCoF founder member Gerard Brophy delivered today at Gerard's funeral service by Jamie McKenzie Hamilton, CCoF Secretary.

We are very sad to announce the loss of Gerard Brophy, a local solicitor and a founding member of CCoF, who passed away on Thursday 29th May at Strathcarron Hospice.

All parties involved in the Dart Energy Appeal public inquiry, including CCoF, have been asked by the DPEA reporters to provide further evidence at an additional inquiry session, lasting 1-2 days, which will take place in July or August.

As Scotland's environmental regulator, SEPA fielded a number of experts to provide information to the Scottish Government Reporters who are conducting the ongoing planning inquiry into the Dart Energy proposals for coal bed methane extraction near Airth.

In the first week of the Dart Energy Public Inquiry we heard detailed evidence relating to the gas and water treatment facility (GDWTF), drilling, geology, hydrogeology and fugitive emissions.

"A public inquiry into plans to drill for gas in the Forth Valley begins [today]", reports STV news (includes video of CCoF member and local resident, Martin Lynagh).

An expert witness for an energy company wanting to drill for gas in the Forth Valley admitted on the first day of a public enquiry that an emergency gas leak could happen one time in ten years, writes Shan Ross for the Scotsman.

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