By @ Via http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/scotlands-energy-minister-announces-block-all-fracking-operations-1485642 SNP are not messing around just now. The question we must ask is ‘Why are they doing it’ Watch this space – #IndyRef2
All fracking operations in Scotland are to be suspended pending further enquiries, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has announced. There will be a moratorium on all unconventional oil and gas extraction – which includes fracking – until more information is obtained on both the environmental and health implications of the controversial technique.
Following the general election on 7 May the Scottish government will have full control over fracking. Until then all fracking applications are to be turned down on planning grounds. Scottish Government introduces #fracking moratorium | Friends of the Earth Scotland http://t.co/VU9BjgIedj
Ewing’s announcement was hailed by environmentalists including Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, who said: “Fergus Ewing’s announcement today is huge victory for the communities, individuals and groups who have been campaigning to stop this dirty industry in Scotland.
“This moratorium is a very big nail in the coffin for the unconventional gas and fracking industry in Scotland. Any serious examination of the mounting evidence will inevitably lead to a ban.
“The Scottish Government has acted decisively today to protect communities across the country and the environment from this unnecessary industry.”
However the reaction from energy companies looks likely to be less enthusiastic. Tom Crotty, director of Ineos, which operates Grangemouth refinery, said on Monday: “We need shale gas to meet those climate change targets. We’ve learnt from the US this is now a safe process. We’re heading for a cliff edge in energy supply. If we keep postponing these decisions we’ll fall off.”
We have a moratorium on unconventional oil & gas and #fracking in Scotland!!!! Well done EVERYBODY!!! Now lets turn this into a ban!!!!
— Mary Church (@mmachch) January 28, 2015
Earlier this week the UK government survived an attempt in Westminster to impose a national moratorium, but caved in to demands not to allow fracking in national parks, areas of outstanding national beauty and areas of drinking water collection.
Environmentalists claim fracking increases carbon emissions and is potentially dangerous, with many claiming it can lead to earthquakes and that the carcinogenic chemicals used in the process can contaminate groundwater.
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