The Scottish Government has a big decision to make on the future of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

The Scottish Government’s position is to take a cautious, evidence led approach while we gather and consider evidence.  In January 2015, the Scottish Government put in place 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.

Most of Scotland’s unconventional oil and gas deposits are underneath densely populated parts of the country.

This is why it is so important that we give communities, businesses and interest groups from across Scotland an opportunity to put their views across.

To help reach this decision, a lot of impartial information has been gathered which forms the basis of a four-month public consultation.

This is your opportunity to consider the issues and evidence, and to give us your views.

Now it is time for you to have your say.