Scots reject a ban of fracking

Edinburgh Scottish Parliament Holyrood
Holyrood (Scottish Parliament). Source: WikiCommons, Ad Meskens.

The Green Party failed to ban fracking in Scotland yesterday. MSP Alison Johnstone of The Scottish Green Party argued that “a ban on unconventional gas in Scotland would focus attention on truly renewable sources rather than scraping the bottom of the fossil fuels barrel.”. She also rejected the claims that exploration of shale gas deposits will lower household energy bills, saying that consumers are being offered “false hope”.

Her plea was rejected by Holyrood when Finance Secretary John Swinney, Labour MSP Iain Gray and Tory MSP Murdo Fraser all rejected her call for a ban.

Finance Secretary John Swinney said he agrees Scotland should move towards being a low carbon country but did not support the Green Party’s call for a ban.

Labour MSP Iain Gray said: “We are not in a position to shut down yet another potential energy source, especially when we do not even yet have the scientific evidence for what reserves are available”, while MSP Murdo Fraser of the Conservatives said that he believed that “unconventional gas presents a tremendous opportunity for Scotland, always provided that the appropriate environmental safeguards are put in place.”

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