MSP backs fracking ban

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Fracking ban gets thumps up from MSP

In Holyrood on Tuesday Scottish energy minister Paul Wheelhouse stated the government will not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland, meaning there is an effective ban on fracking in the country.

Mr Wheelhouse said the decision had been reached after an extensive period of evidence gathering, public engagement, and dialogue on the issue.

MSP Fiona Hyslop said: “I am very pleased that the Scottish Government will not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland. Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse has said the Scottish Government consultation overwhelmingly showed public support for the ban.

“This is a clear commitment from the government, who have listened to the concerns across our communities and taken a stand to ensure fracking cannot and will not take place in Scotland.”