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Scottish Government’s Fracking Plans Don’t Go Far Enough

Mark Griffin MSP has criticised the Scottish Government for failing to ensure a legal ban on fracking in Scotland.

The recent announcement by the First Minister to ensure fracking does not take place in Scotland does not have any legal standing and could be easily reversed on the whim of ministers.

Mark Griffin, who has long advocated for an outright ban on fracking, enshrined in law, has called on the government to do more.

Mark said:

“I am committed to an outright block on fracking with a full legal ban. Sadly, this announcement from the First Minister is simply an extension of the existing moratorium and can be easily overturned by ministers.

“Scientific evidence is clear, to meet our carbon change targets and protect our environment we need to develop low carbon sources of energy, not another fossil fuel. With Central Scotland a target zone for fracking, people have made their voices heard - they do not want these unnecessary activities taking place on their doorstep; they want to protect the environment, the air we breathe, and the water we drink.

“The SNP’s announcement does not go far enough. Extending the moratorium indefinitely is not good enough. That is why I will continue to push for a full legal ban.”

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