Saturday, 31 January 2015

SNP act to block fracking

Local MSP Margaret Burgess has welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to implement a Scotland-wide moratorium on planning consents for unconventional onshore oil and gas wells, including highly-controversial fracking.

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks and release natural gas. 

Mrs Burgess said, “The fracking moratorium will be welcomed by communities across Scotland who have been alarmed by the gung-ho stance taken by the Westminster Government.

“There will also be a full public consultation on unconventional oil and gas extraction to ensure the voices of communities across Scotland are heard on this important issue.”

The SNP MSP for Cunninghame South said the Scottish Government decision “brings welcome clarity and stands in stark contrast to Labour’s chaotic approach to fracking.  The SNP Government has acted where Labour’s MPs failed, and have once again shown that Jim Murphy is more interested in political posturing than real action.”

Margaret Burgess was referring to a debate last week in the House of Commons, at which a majority of Scottish Labour MPs failed to vote for a moratorium on fracking, despite Jim Murphy, the party’s leader in Scotland, having stated he and Labour opposed the practice.  

All SNP MPs voted in favour of a moratorium.

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