The end of the road for fracking in Scotland
The Scottish Government finally confirms a position of 'no support' for fracking.Read More
In October 2017 the Scottish Government announced a ‘effective ban’ on fracking after a 6 year struggle that saw massive opposition to the industry across the country.
But only months later the ‘ban’ was exposed by one of Scotland’s top judges as having no legal force. And now the Scottish Government has delayed making a final decision on the issue until Autumn 2019 at the soonest.
The indefinite moratorium that remains in place does mean that fracking can’t take place in Scotland at the moment. But if the Scottish Government don’t act soon and go further than this ‘policy ban’, it could easily be overturned by this or a future Government.
That’s why a full legislative ban is needed to draw a line under fracking for good.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Parliament last year ‘fracking is being banned in Scotland, end of story’. But only months later the ‘ban’ was exposed by one of Scotland’s top judges as having no legal force. Ask the First Minister to be true to her word and end the story with a full legal ban on fracking.
We have long been of the view that Scotland can and should ban fracking. But the issue has become mired in misinformation. So we commissioned legal advice from one of Scotland’s top lawyers to shed some light on the matter. And guess what? He agrees.
England is the final frontier of fracking in Europe, with the UK Government increasingly isolated in its ongoing support for the industry. But everywhere fracking is proposed, local communities are fighting back. Find out more about what’s going on south of the border and how you can support the struggle.
Scottish Councils invest £406 million in 23 fracking companies. Given the ban in Scotland, it’s unacceptable for Councils to be profiting from this polluting industry overseas. The investments are held through the Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme which provides pensions for local government and associated workers. Only Shetland’s Council pension fund, which is not invested in any company stocks, does not invest directly in fracking firms.
Read our report and find out about how you can get involved in the campaign to divest from fossil fuel companies
There's a wealth of evidence to show why fracking shouldn't be allowed to go ahead anywhere. Read our introduction to this dirty, dangerous industry and explore our in-depth briefings to learn more.
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