SCOTLAND POLITICS: ‘No’ to Fracking: Scottish Government Says

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By Politicoscope October 3, 2017 15:53

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“The decision taken today means fracking can not and will not take place in Scotland,” Paul Wheelhouse told the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh.

“Taking account of available evidence and the strength of public opinion, my judgment is that Scotland should say ‘no’ to fracking.”

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SCOTLAND POLITICS: ‘No’ to Fracking: Scottish Government Says

The Scottish government will not support the development of fracking after a public consultation found overwhelming opposition to the practice, the energy minister said on Tuesday in a victory for environmentalists.

Scotland imposed a moratorium on fracking, the process of fracturing underground shale rock to release gas and oil, in 2015 and that will now remain for the foreseeable future.

“The decision taken today means fracking can not and will not take place in Scotland,” Paul Wheelhouse told the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh.

“Taking account of available evidence and the strength of public opinion, my judgment is that Scotland should say ‘no’ to fracking.”

Fracking has run into stiff opposition in many countries from environmentalists who say it causes problems including pollution of the water table, and from residents of areas where fracking is being considered.

Environmental groups Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth both welcomed the news from Edinburgh and said the executive there, run by the Scottish National Party (SNP), was leading the way towards clean energy.

“This is a huge win for the anti-fracking movement, particularly for those on the front line of this dirty industry here in Scotland, who have been working for a ban these last six years,” said Mary Church, head of campaigns for Scotland at Friends of the Earth.

Britain’s central government, led by Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, supports fracking. The opposition Labour Party has said it would ban the technique if elected.

“The SNP government is leading the way towards the clean energy system that people want. The Conservative government in Westminster is now alone in backing fracking and looks very isolated indeed,” said Elisabeth Whitebread, energy campaigner at Greenpeace UK.

– Reuters


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