Shale Gas

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

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Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

As Mr Fraser knows well, the Scottish Government’s approach is designed to support and maximise sustainable investment in our economy. We will continue to take that approach.

As I said, individual applications for the development of shale gas reserves will be studied on their merits and considered through the due process that the existing arrangements in Scotland provide. The Government and its regulatory authorities will give due consideration to any approaches that are made.

It is essential to rely on substantive and quality information about the availability of resources and the manner and the practicalities of exploiting resources, which will be an implicit part of the assessment when each application’s merits are considered.