Scotland has banned fracking with immediate effect, on environmental, economic, and health grounds.
Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP made the announcement today (3 October) following a 4-month public consultation, which received over 60,000 responses with only 1% in favour of the process.
In his speech, Wheelhouse said fracking “cannot and will not take place in Scotland” and that the Scottish people have “moral responsibility to tackle climate change.”
"Fracking cannot and will not take place in Scotland." I am absolutely delighted the SNP government has just banned #fracking.
— Rona Mackay MSP (@RonaMackayMSP) October 3, 2017
Commenting on the announcement, Elisabeth Whitebread, Energy campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said:
“The Scottish Government ban on fracking is a huge win for thousands of people who have campaigned against fracking for six years. Unlike Westminster, Holyrood is listening to public opinion. We already have more gas than we can afford to burn, and as well as damaging the climate, fracking will cause local noise, air and light pollution.
“By announcing an outright ban on this new fossil fuel industry in Scotland, and using a fair process to reach their decision, 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. Across England, growing numbers of local people will continue to oppose fracking and the failure of democracy on this issue. Conservatives in Westminster should stop chasing fracked gas, that we don’t need, and the overwhelming majority don’t want.”