UKOOG welcomes launch of public consultation in Scotland

31 January 2017

Ken Cronin Chief Executive of UK Onshore Oil & Gas (UKOOG) says:

"We hope that the launch of this consultation can lead to a reasoned debate across a wider audience about the future of the onshore oil and gas industry in Scotland."

"The studies by experts including Health Protection Scotland, KPMG and the British Geological Survey, clearly demonstrate the case for lifting the moratorium on unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland.

Gas plays an important role in Scotland's domestic economy, with 79% of domestic heating provided by gas. In addition, industrial and commercial gas consumption makes up 43% of all gas consumed in Scotland. Scotland has the highest mean domestic consumption and also one of the highest commercial consumptions in the UK reflecting the industrial positon of Scotland. In fact, in 2013 88% of all Scotland's energy came from either oil or gas.

As an industry based on over 50 years of experience both onshore and offshore, we are confident that hydraulic fracturing can be done safely and environmentally sensitively within the regulatory environment in Scotland."



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Notes to editors

About UKOOG:

UKOOG is the representative body for the UK onshore oil and gas industry, including exploration, production and storage. The organisation's objectives are to enhance the profile of the onshore industry, promote better and more open dialogue with key stakeholders, deliver industry wide initiatives and programmes and to ensure standards in safety, the environment and operations are maintained to the highest possible level. Membership is open to all companies active in the onshore industry including those involved in the supply chain.