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Fears raised over fracking

A local MSP is ‘greatly concerned’ over a government report which includes East Lothian as a potential site for controversial shale gas exploration.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change’s recently released assessment report for onshore oil and gas highlights Scotland’s central belt, including East Lothian and neighbouring Midlothian, as a potential site for shale gas extraction, commonly known as fracking.

The report adds that former mining areas could be prime locations for the energy source.

Musselburgh MSP Colin Beattie (SNP) is worried about the potential risks of the practice.

He said: “This report concerns me greatly.

“The safety and the environmental impact of fracking is still very much disputed and I cannot see the sense in such projects setting up in the most populous area of Scotland.”

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