Ineos has withdrawn the long-running planning application for coalbed methane extraction at Airth in Falkirk. Opponents of the scheme for 22 new wells and 14 new sites described the decision as “fantastic news”. Recent correspondence had suggested that Ineos intended to push ahead with the application, despite the Scottish government’s position of “no support” for unconventional oil and gas. A public inquiry on the application, dating back to 2014, looked as if it might have to be reopened before a final decision could be made. But the Ferret investigative website reported today that at 5pm yesterday (Friday 13 March 2020), Ineos’s law firm, DLA Piper, told the Scotland’s Department of Planning and Environmental Appeals that it was pulling out.
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