Fossil Fuels

Scotland could press ahead with a formal ban on fracking later this year, energy minister Paul Wheelhouse has ­indicated. The Scottish Government has come under attack after a lawyer representing ministers told a court last week the current “effective ban” was a “gloss” and the “language of a press release”. Ministers are currently using the planning system to block new fracking developments through directions to local councils. But a full legal ban can only be implemented after a full strategic environmental assessment is carried out by ministers. Labour’s Claudia Beamish said; “People in Scotland need a clear, and simple commitment from the government that existing licences granted before the powers to ban fracking was devolved to Holyrood will not be renewed.”

Scotsman 16th May 2018 read more »

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Published: 16 May 2018