MSPs are to debate and vote on the Scottish government’s “effective ban” on fracking north of the border. Ministers announced earlier in the month that the controversial method of oil and gas extraction “cannot and will not take place in Scotland”. The Tories have opposed the move, while Labour and the Scottish Greens say it is not robust enough. The Scottish government insists that it has imposed “an effective immediate ban” on fracking via planning powers. However, ministers also pledged to “seek the endorsement of parliament” for the move, leading to the debate and vote scheduled at Holyrood. With only the Conservatives actually opposed to a ban, the vote is likely to be a formality – but ministers are likely to face criticism from both sides during the debate, with each party tabling an amendment to Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse’s motion.
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