Our consultation response to the Fife Council Local Development Plan.
We describe how there is a growing body of evidence that environmental and health risks associated with onshore unconventional gas extraction, including coalbed methane, are inherent and impossible to eliminate. Therefore we recommend that the Fife Council take this opportunity to ban unconventional gas through its Local Development Plan and barring that to implement a moratorium.
Evidence submitted in advance of witness session to the Scottish Parliament's European & External Affairs Committee on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Uses examples of threats to climate targets, fracking controls and toxic chemicals.
FoE Scotland's response to the Smith Commission on further devolution of powers to Scotland. There are many areas where extra powers would help Scotland deliver environmental commitments more effectively and more efficiently. We call for full control of energy policy and a fair share of the international aid budget.
Why shale gas and coalbed methane are not all they’re fracked up to be.
Shale gas and coalbed methane (CBM) are not the answer to Scotland’s or the UK’s energy challenges. Fracking and drilling for unconventional gas has been linked to water contamination, air pollution, earth tremors, health problems and climate change – and crucially, aren’t likely to bring down energy prices, nor create sustainable jobs.
20mph zones create safer, more attractive and more enjoyable streets. They are a straightforward and logical solution for addressing a range of local concerns including the need for safer and less polluted streets.
Our main point is that 20mph zones will help reduce air pollution, because:
(1) Edinburgh’s air pollution problem is mainly caused by traffic fumes
(2) Vehicles do not pollute more if they are driving at 20mph than if they are driving at 30mph
You’ve probably come across fracking in the news and wondered if the reality is as ugly as the word. Maybe you’ve heard about the new natural gas boom and wondered what shale gas and coalbed methane mean for our energy needs. This short briefing explains why unconventional gas is unsafe, unnecessary and unwanted in Scotland, or anywhere.
Friends of the Earth Scotland and the Environmental Law Centre Scotland Parliamentary breifing ahead of the Stage 3 debate in the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill debate. While broadly we welcome this Bill, its impact on Aarhus compliance is limited, and we are concerned that the introduction of a 3 month time limit for judicial review will seriously hinder access to justice in environmental (and other public interest) cases.
Friends of the Earth Scotland and the Environmental Law Centre Scotland joint response to SEPA and the Scottish Government's consultation on New Enforcement Measures for SEPA and the Relevant Offences Order.