Petrochemical firm Ineos said it was “astonished” to hear that the Scottish government had not banned fracking. The statement was made outside the Court of Session where the company has been challenging the moratorium in Scotland on the controversial practice. Ineos and Reach CSG claim ministers acted illegally in announcing the block in October 2017. Government lawyers told the court a ban was not in place and that a final position had yet to be adopted. Tom Pickering, who is operations director for Ineos Shale, said that that claim represented a “staggering U-turn”. Environmental groups have weighed in on the side of the government, with lawyers for Friends of the Earth contending that a ban is lawful and necessary to meet Scotland’s emissions targets.
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The petrochemical giant that wants to start fracking in Scotland has accused Nicola Sturgeon’s government of an “Alice in Wonderland” approach to energy, which will threaten jobs and investment. Tom Pickering, the operations director at Ineos Shale, said that the SNP’s opposition to fracking had caused confusion as to whether there was a ban in place. “Sadly we seem to have reached the Alice in Wonderland situation where a business has to go to the Scottish courts to establish whether announcements in Holyrood can be taken at face value,” he said. “There is now an unpredictable and uncertain environment for business in Scotland. Jobs rely on investment, but there is precious little in Scotland at the present time. The current situation makes it harder than ever for business to invest in Scotland fo r the long term.”
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