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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Scottish ministers ban fracking amid 'overwhelming' public opposition

Fracking has been banned with immediate effect in Scotland, after a public consultation found almost universal opposition to it.

To the fury of the oil and gas industry, the SNP government announced it was extending a recent moratorium on the controversial technique "indefinitely" via the planning system.

Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse told MSPs the effective ban was based on concerns about public health, climate change and the lack of any support in local communities.

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The marginal economic boost, 0.1 per cent of GDP, did not offset the negatives, he said.

Ineos, which hoped to use local gas to top up US imports at its Grangemouth plant, said the government was "turning its back on a potential manufacturing and jobs renaissance".

The firm said the decision "beggared belief" and would deter inward investment in Scotland.

It also said Scotland could lose out to England, where fracking is licensed, a policy decision Mr Wheelhouse described as "gung-ho".

Read the full story at the Scottish Herald