Shale Gas

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 13 June 2013.

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Proposals for coal-bed methane or shale gas production in Scotland will be studied on their merits. Each proposal will be considered through the normal planning process and under the appropriate regulatory regimes, including the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s guidance on the regulation of shale gas and coal-bed methane, which was published in December 2012. The Scottish Government will continue to support Scottish companies in the oil and gas supply chain to utilise their world-leading skills, knowledge and expertise in the development of opportunities that are presented across Europe and further afield.