Fracking should have no place in Scotland’s future.


Fracking is unsafe, unnecessary and completely incompatible with our climate change targets. Despite the fact that licences to drill for oil and gas are currently given at a UK level Scotland can ban fracking once and for all.

Take action: Tell the Scottish Government to #KeepItInTheGround

Blog: How Scotland Can Ban Fracking

News: On fracking, Scottish Greens have stood with communities​

Latest Campaign Updates

It seems clear that fracking is doomed

8 November, 2016 - 15:29

Mark Ruskell MSP, Energy & Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (8 Nov) said research into fracking published by the Scottish Government shows the risky drilling technique looks doomed.

Green MSPs led Holyrood's first debate on fracking in 2014, calling for a ban.

Today's reports identify a “gap in the regulations relating to decommissioning, aftercare and long-term well failure liabilities of onshore wells.”

The reports also state that if fracking goes ahead it will make meeting climate change targets in other areas harder.

Decision to rule out UCG welcome; robust planning guidance needed

6 October, 2016 - 15:36

Mark Ruskell MSP, Climate & Energy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (6 Oct) welcomed the Scottish Government's decision to rule out the use of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) but warned that robust planning guidance will be needed to enforce the move.

In May 2014, Green MSPs brought a motion to the Holyrood chamber calling for a ban on all forms on unconventional gas extraction to protect communities and the climate, but all other parties voted against it. 

Green warning ahead of decision on Underground Coal Gasification

6 October, 2016 - 09:32

Anything less than an outright ban on burning coal for gas in Scotland’s seabeds will be deemed an environmental “failure” say the Scottish Greens.

A statement is expected at Holyrood today revealing the outcome of the “Review of Underground Coal Gasification”. Green MSPs are hoping that the Scottish Government follows the lead of the Australian state of Queensland in banning UCG.

UCG report could be tipping point to deliver a ban on fracking

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 12 Aug

We now know that the first shipment of shale gas produced by fracking is expected to arrive in Scotland very soon.

The sight of the so-called "dragon" fleet of ships docking in Scotland will no doubt get Ineos bosses pushing for fracking to begin in Scotland, but we are not going to allow that to happen. The Scottish Parliament reflected public concern that fracking offers too much risk for too little gain and the time for the Scottish Government to come off the fence has arrived.

A great result for communities across Scotland at risk of fracking

1 June, 2016 - 17:36

Mark Ruskell, Climate & Energy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife, tonight welcomed the vote in Parliament in support of a ban on fracking.

Two years ago a ban was proposed in a debate brought by the Scottish Greens but all other parties voted against it.

Tonight SNP MSPs abstained on amendments from the Greens and Labour opposing fracking, resulting in a majority of MSPs in support of those amendments. The Green amendment also called for radical and ongoing reform to democratise land.