Now that fracking is to be banned in Scottland, the nation must embrace a green future. The vigorous blossoming of community activism around the independence referendum in 2014 found many focuses. One was opposing fracking. Thousands of people, many new members of the SNP, started campaigning against the technology, but by the time ministers introduced a temporary moratorium in 2015, the policy no longer looked radical. Campaigners and opposition parties wanted a complete ban. Since then, ministers have had to defend the moratorium, almost looking at times as if they were protecting the industry. It’s not easy when you have to abide by due process. Our exclusive report today that ministers are preparing to announce a permanent ban on fracking is a significant moment, which should also cure the SNP’s fracking headache.
Herald 1st Oct 2017 read more »
Failure to introduce an outright ban on fracking will be a “betrayal” of Scotland’s climate change commitments, SNP ministers have been warned. Reports have suggested the Scottish Government could confirm within days that it is to outlaw the controversial practice. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens have already made their opposition to fracking clear, with Labour having pledged to bring forward legislation if the Scottish Government fails to act. Labour environment spokeswoman Claudia Beamish made clear she would press ahead with that if ministers did not ban the practice completely, adding: “Anything less than an outright ban of onshore fracking in all its forms would be a betrayal by the SNP Government of our climate change commitments, our communities and the job opportunities now and for future generations in clean, renewable energy.”
Scotsman 2nd Oct 2017 read more »