The Scottish government will not support the development of fracking after a public consultation found overwhelming opposition to the practice, the energy minister said on Oct. 3 in a victory for environmentalists.
Scotland imposed a moratorium on fracking in 2015 and that will now remain for the foreseeable future.
"The decision taken today means fracking cannot and will not take place in Scotland," Paul Wheelhouse told the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh.
"Taking account of available evidence and the strength of public opinion, my judgment is that Scotland should say 'no' to fracking," he said.
Environmental groups Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth both welcomed the news from Edinburgh and said the executive there, run by the Scottish National Party (SNP), was leading the way toward clean energy.
Britain's central government, led by Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, supports fracking. The opposition Labour Party has said it would ban the technique if elected.
"The SNP government is leading the way towards the clean energy system that people want. The Conservative government in Westminster is now alone in backing fracking and looks very isolated indeed," said Elisabeth Whitebread, energy campaigner at Greenpeace UK.
2022-10-18 - “Decades of procrastination have transformed what could have been a smooth transition to a more carbon-neutral society into what will likely be a more challenging one,” the IMF warned in a recent report.
2022-11-09 - The "Global Methane Pledge," proposed by the U.S. and EU last year, has been signed by 119 countries thus far and would cut methane emissions 30% by 2030.
2022-10-04 - Technologies to detect leaks have ramped up quickly in the last five years.
2022-11-17 - Former BP chief and 8 Rivers Capital CEO share insight on decarbonization investments as well as problems and solutions to lowering emissions.
2022-11-11 - "He announced a slew of new climate programs, but he couldn't deliver what the developing world most wants — enough money to adapt to climate extremes," the Climate Crisis Advisory Group's Alice Hill said of President Biden's address at COP27 on Nov. 11.