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Title:Scotland's no-fracking policy to continue
Date:9/22/2022 11:43:29 AM

Scotland's policy against fracking will not change despite a ban being lifted in England, a Scottish government minister has confirmed.

Energy Secretary Michael Matheson reiterated his government's opposition to new fracking licences.

A ban on the controversial process of mining gas and oil from shale rock has been lifted in England by the new UK energy secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg.

A moratorium was put in place in 2019 following concerns over earth tremors.

Mr Matheson tweeted shortly after the announcement in Westminster: "To be clear - this policy change does not apply in Scotland.

"Fracking can only happen here if licences are issued by the Scottish government and we do not intend to issue any licences."

The decision comes alongside the publication of a new scientific review into the practice by the British Geological Survey (BGS).

The BGS concluded there was still a limited understanding of the impacts of such drilling.

Mr Rees-Mogg said the existing pause on fracking was being lifted in England to examine new potential sources of gas.

Liz Truss's government has vowed to explore all avenues to improve energy security in response to the war in Ukraine.

Stephen Flynn, MP for Aberdeen South, told the House of Commons: "In Scotland there will be no change, there will be no fracking whatsoever. We, unlike the Tories, stick to our word."

A spokesman for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there was no review point for the Scottish government's position on fracking.

The granting of licences for fracking are a devolved matter, meaning the policy will not impact Scotland unless Scottish ministers agree to it.

In 2018 a judge ruled that a legal challenge against the Scottish government's "effective ban" on fracking could not go ahead because "there is no prohibition against fracking in force" in Scotland.

However, the Scottish government has repeatedly adopted...

Date Added:9/23/2022 6:38:55 AM