The court considering a challenge to the Scottish Government’s ban on fracking has been told the policy is required to meet climate change commitments. Friends of the Earth Scotland has been given permission to intervene in the case and has submitted evidence on the environmental impacts of fracking. Ineos Upstream, the largest holder of UK shale licences, and Reach Coal Seam Gas are seeking to overturn the indefinite moratorium on fracking and unconventional oil and gas developments in Scotland. They say the Scottish Government policy not to support fracking applications has adversely affected their business interests and breached their human rights. They are seeking damages. This is thought to be the first time in an environmental judicial review that a third party has been given permission to intervene.
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