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:
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.