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Leaked documents confirm Scottish Government will at last ban fracking

October 3, 2019 3:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on documents accidentally published online by the Scottish Government announcing that tomorrow it will finally commit to a ban on fracking, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

"The Scottish Government appear to have confirmed their position on fracking via documents published accidentally online, rather than by announcing it to Parliament. While welcome, this comes more than three years after Liberal Democrats pressed Ministers to introduce a ban.

"Over that time, communities across central Scotland, sitting on or near sites potentially earmarked for fracking, have been living in fear of what the Scottish Government might decide. By dragging their feet, Ministers have imposed years of needless uncertainty on those people and their communities.

"Nicola Sturgeon stood up in Parliament and declared that fracking was banned, then her government's lawyers stood up in the Court of Session and argued that it wasn't.

"Now that the Scottish Government are finally set to commit to doing the right thing, communities have peace of mind and Scotland can get on with meeting it's emissions targets."