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.

This briefing counters the key myths around shale gas and its supposed benefits for energy bills and jobs – and sets out why the real solution for energy security and a sustainable economy is renewable power and energy efficiency.