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Eight years after communities on the frontline of fracking in Scotland first started fighting the industry, and a little under 5 years since Ministers put a moratorium in place, the Scottish Government has finally confirmed a position of ‘no support’ for unconventional oil and gas extraction.
While the continuation of the moratorium is not the legislative ban we and communities opposing fracking across the country wanted, it is of course a welcome relief to have reached this hugely important milestone.
It wouldn’t have happened without the groundswell of opposition to the industry that saw thousands of people take to the streets demonstrating, running public meetings and street stalls. A record 60,000 plus people responded to the ‘Talking Fracking’ consultation in 2017 calling for the industry to be prevented from going ahead: this was the largest number of people to respond to a Government consultation in a single voice in the history of devolution.
In October 2019, the Scottish Government finally confirmed a position of ‘no support’ for fracking.
Read about the detail of their decision and find out about the history of the campaign
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 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.
Read our report and find out about how you can get involved in the campaign to divest from fossil fuel companies