FIFE Council want answers from the Scottish Government on their approach to fracking and underground coal gasification (UCG).

With the first shipment of shale gas traveling under the Forth bridges yesterday, the minister for business, innovation and energy has been pressed for clarity.

In October last year, the Scottish Government announced a moratorium on consents for unconventional oil and gas developments to enable further research and a public consultation was carried out.

The council’s depute leader, Councillor Lesley Laird, has now written to Paul Wheelhouse MSP for an update and details on how Fifers can have their say.

She said: “When the moratoriums were confirmed, the Scottish Government indicated that there would be extensive stakeholder engagement, across a number of themes, designed to establish an evidence-based approach to dealing with the matter of unconventional gas and fracking as well as determining the Scottish Government’s position on whether or not these technologies should be allowed in Scotland.

“Fife Council passed a motion in May this year opposing all fracking and any unconventional gas extraction in Fife. We should now be heading toward the end of the initial review period and the report-back phase, as outlined in the Scottish Government’s timetable for the review which was published when the moratoriums were announced.”