A complete ban on fracking in Scotland must be the outcome of consultation

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A final decision by the Scottish Government is due before the end of this year. The Scottish Greens have announced that they feel ‘the end is in sight’, nearly two years after the moratorium preventing any fracking in Scotland and the launch of a research and consultation phase. The moratorium has prevented the kind of disasters we’ve seen in the USA so we must be pleased that we’ve had it but a full ban is now required.

Readers will probably know that the UK government has over-ridden local government objections and popular protest to allow fracking in England to commence. In the US, fracking continues but the future looks uncertain as safety fears mount and sand shortages begin to bite. See these previous pieces on geological barriers, economic concerns, safety fears and the sand shortages:

Why the UK’s geology means fracking will never come to Scotland and should never have been allowed in England because it’s 55 000 000 years too late!

Academic Evidence against fracking in Central Scotland

Expert Opinion on Fracking Health Risks from New York Medical Professionals

The Scottish Third Wave of Oil Productivity is built on solid foundations but those of the Shale Oil Industry are built on sand and on sand that is disappearing fast

All of this makes it a no-brainer for me. Having done the professional, competent government thing with a moratorium and consultation, the Scottish Government has surely confirmed what we opponents of fracking have long known.

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4 thoughts on “A complete ban on fracking in Scotland must be the outcome of consultation

  1. macgilleleabhar September 18, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    As far as can see there’s no need for fracking or indeed nuclear at the present time.Renewables are a better bet than either of these polluting forms of outdated technology.

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    • johnrobertson834 September 18, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      Yes, we’re well on the way to 100% reliable energy from renewables.

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  2. Ann Forbes September 19, 2017 / 6:22 am

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    First deep geothermal district heating network to kick of in Scotland

    Geon Energy Scotland, Deep Geothermal we’ll illustration (source: ARUP website)

    Parker O’Halloran
    18 Sep 2017
    Scotland is to looking to instal district heating sourced from a deep geothermal single well.

    Shared by ARUP in the UK today, Scotland is looking to a deep geothermal well to provide district heating. The press release states the following:

    Ross Developments & Renewables Ltd (RDRL) has announced that the Scottish Government has allocated £1.8 million of grant funding to support the creation of Scotland’s first low carbon, renewable deep geothermal district heating network at The HALO Kilmarnock development in the West of Scotland.

    The delivery of heat to the network will be from a deep geothermal single well (DGSW) which has been developed by Geon Energy Ltd – a joint venture between Geothermal Engineering Ltd and Arup.

    The DGSW is a single geothermal well that is drilled to a depth of two kilometres. Water heated by the surrounding rock is drawn up from depth using a small pump. The heat is then transferred to water in the heating system.

    Ross Developments & Renewables Ltd (RDRL) has announced that the Scottish Government has allocated £1.8 million of grant funding to support the creation of Scotland’s first low carbon, renewable deep geothermal district heating network at The HALO Kilmarnock development in the West of Scotland.

    The delivery of heat to the network will be from a deep geothermal single well (DGSW) which has been developed by Geon Energy Ltd – a joint venture between Geothermal Engineering Ltd and Arup.

    The DGSW is a single geothermal well that is drilled to a depth of two kilometres. Water heated by the surrounding rock is drawn up from depth using a small pump. The heat is then transferred to water in the heating system. Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown MSP. The well is scheduled to be drilled and installed in the first half of 2018.

    Source: ARUP.

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