Scottish council calls for fracking clarity

Fife Council has called for clarity from the Scottish government over fracking, amid fears that developers mat begins o target its land.

Earlier this year the council passed a motion opposing all fracking and unconventional gas extraction in the region, with the council urging Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse to say when Holyrood will report on its review into the processes.

A moratorium on all forms of underground gas drilling is due to be published this Autumn, with a public consultation expected to follow.

The National has requested the Scottish Government to indicate dates on when the report will be published and the public consultation launched.

Lesley Laird, deputy council leader, said: “As Fife is one of the local authority areas likely to be most impacted by unconventional energy, we want to make sure elected representatives, local communities and businesses are fully engaged in decisions that will shape their local area.

“We want to ensure that the processes are in place to make the best decisions possible for the people living and working around the Firth of Forth, preserve the local environment and support local democracy.”