RC: The Scottish Government does not support unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland and that does include Coalbed Methane. No local authority can grant planning permission for any proposed fracking or Coalbed Methane project and Scottish Ministers would defer any decision on any planning application that did come forward, until the full policy making process on our preferred position is completed. The practical effect of that is that no fracking or other unconventional oil or gas activity can take place in Scotland at this time. In line with statutory requirements, earlier this week we published for consultation, the Strategic Environmental Assessment environmental report on our preferred policy position. That consultation is the nezt step; it continues the dialogue with the public on this important issue. It will run for 8 weeks from the 23rd
of October. It is anticipated that Ministers will inform Parliament of their finalised policy on unconventional oil and gas in Scotland in the first quarter of 2019. That is the backdrop that people will be operating in regardless of who they are.