Seven Questions about Fracking in Scotland

Shipton, Zoe and Turner, Karen (2016) Seven Questions about Fracking in Scotland. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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This IPPI Policy Brief is intended as a comment on what we view as the urgent need to improve on the quality of the ‘fracking debate’ that has been conducted in the public domain over the past year. Our argument is that, not only has the debate been somewhat polarised, but the questions raised and debated have been very narrowly focussed and lacking a wider contextual view. In particular, we argue that the issue needs to be set in terms of the broader question of ‘if we don’t get gas from shale, where do we get it from, and what are the alternatives?’, but also with the over-arching question of ‘what could fracking do for Scotland?’ We have identified seven questions that we believe must be answered in order for the process of consultation to come to a well-informed conclusion. We consider each of these in turn.