The impasse over fracking in Scotland is likely to continue for years, ministers have acknowledged privately, because their decision is likely to be subject to a judicial review. Nicola Sturgeon is due to decide this year whether the controversial gas extraction method should be allowed. However, ministers expect the losing side to seek a judicial review, whatever decision the first minister makes. The Scottish government introduced a moratorium on fracking for gas in January 2015 and ministers have still to decide whether this should be made permanent. Gas reserves have been identified across the central belt but Ms Sturgeon has said in the past that she is “sceptical” about fracking and is understood to oppose it. The Scottish government insists that it has not made up its mind, and launched a consultation this year which drew more than 60,000 responses – more than twice as many as responded to the consultation on an independence referendum in 2012.
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