Fracking consultation opens to the public

STRATHKELVIN’S MSP is appealing to the public to make their views on fracking heard.

On January 31, the Scottish Government launched a consultation on unconventional oil and gas extraction after gathering reports on the health, economic and environmental impact of fracking.

A moratorium on unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland, which prevents hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas, and coal bed methane extraction taking place while the Scottish Government investigate evidence on potential impacts.

MSP Rona Mackay is urging constituents to take part in the consultation, which can be accessed at

Ms Mackay, the MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, said: “Fracking has been a controversial subject in Scotland, so the Scottish Government has taken an evidence-led approach to consider whether it should be allowed. Most of the areas to be fracked are under densely populated areas, so the public’s input is incredibly important.”

The deadline for submissions is May 31. Ms Mackay can be contacted for any help regarding the consultation at


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Rona Mackay was elected in May 2016 with a 8,100 majority in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

Prior to this, she was a journalist in national newspapers for more than 20 years, before becoming Parliamentary Assistant to Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson, with whom she worked for nine years before becoming elected.



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