Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement today that fracking cannot and will not take place in Scotland.
The announcement was delivered by Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, who outlined the results of a recent consultation – which received the second most responses ever – which indicated 99% of respondents opposed fracking, with only 1% in favour.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Mr McMillan said:
“I welcome the announcement today that the SNP Scottish Government is opposed to fracking in Scotland, especially following the overwhelming support for this position from the public consultation.
“Consultations are an important part of Scotland’s democracy and it’s important that the responses form a basis of any decision made by the government.
“Scots overwhelming supported a permanent ban on fracking and I’m pleased that they have been listened to on such a serious issue; one that would especially impact those living in the central belt.
“I agree with Paul that fracking cannot, and should not, take place in Scotland.”
Speaking, Mr Wheelhouse said:
“The Scottish Government has now undertaken one of the most far reaching investigations into unconventional oil and gas of any government, including a four-month public consultation which concluded in May. Our consultation Talking ‘Fracking’ embodied the Scottish Government’s commitment to the full participation of local communities and stakeholders in decisions that matter to them and impact upon them.”
Listening to the people of Scotland, Mr Wheelhouse then said that the existing block on fracking should continue “indefinitely”, and that MSPs will be given a vote on the issue later in the year before a final decision is taken.