Scotland moves to outlaw fracking

Posted on 28 Oct 2017 and read 715 times
Scotland moves to outlaw frackingEnergy Minister Paul Wheelhouse has confirmed that the Scottish government will outlaw fracking — the controversial gas extraction technique — in Scotland.

A moratorium on the practice has been in place since January 2015, and the government’s decision follows extensive consideration of reports on its potential impact.

Mr Wheelhouse said: “Fracking cannot — and will not — take place in Scotland.”

He said it was the responsibility of the government to make decisions in the best interests of Scotland as a whole, and he added: “The conclusion of the Scottish Government is that we will not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.”

A public consultation on the issue received more than 60,000 responses, 99% of which were opposed to fracking.

Elisabeth Whitebread, energy campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said the move was a “huge win for thousands of people who have campaigned against fracking for six years”.

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