Moratorium on Fracking in Scotland Announced

A moratorium on planning consents for unconventional onshore oil & gas wells, including fracking, has been announced today by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.

Fergus Ewing also announced that a full public consultation on unconventional oil & gas extraction will be held to ensure that the voices of communities across Scotland are heard on the issue.George outside Paisley Town Hall

Earlier this week the majority of Scottish Labour MPs failed to vote for a moratorium on fracking in the House of Commons, despite Jim Murphy stating his supposed opposition to the technology at the weekend. Every SNP MP voted in favour of a UK-wide moratorium.

Speaking after the announcement, Paisley’s MSP George Adam said, “This news will be welcomed the length and breadth of the country. Over recent months, the issue of fracking has been mentioned at almost every public meeting I’ve attended, as well as receiving numerous piece of correspondence on the subject. The consensuses has been that until more is known about this unconventional oil and gas extraction, how can planning consent be given to frack under someone’s home, without that person having the right to object.

‘Thankfully, the Scottish government has taken the step to block all unconventional oil and gas developments on planning grounds. This flies in the face of the gung-ho approach of the Westminster Government who, as we know from the squandering of Scotland’s oil, will do anything to make a quick buck. We also seen a sorry state of affairs recently when Jim Murphy said Scottish Labour was against fracking, but his MPs failed to turn up and vote for a moratorium when it was voted on at Westminster.

‘I fully support the Scottish Government taking a very cautious stance regarding fracking and look forward to the day when we don’t need to implement a moratorium, but can legislate on all matters relation to fracking in the Scottish Parliament.”