Local politicians have spoken out after a report published recently by the Department for Energy and Climate Change earmarked central Scotland, including Midlothian, as a potential location for shale gas fracturing (fracking).
Fracking is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at high pressure to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside.
Councillor Ian Baxter (Green) warned off the downfalls of the controversial energy source: “Communities throughout Midlothian should be very concerned about this threat. The area of landscape disturbed by fracking is 8-11 times that of conventional gas drilling. In the US, water contamination from fracking has caused livestock sickness.
“In some cases farmland has had to be abandoned and even the risk of groundwater contamination has led to a significant fall in property values.”