Fracking should have no place in Scotland’s future.

#KeepItInTheGround

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.

Blog: How Scotland Can Ban Fracking

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

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Scotland Can Ban Fracking

Mark Ruskell MSP Thu 30 Mar

The Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse, today delivered a ministerial statement on Unconventional Oil and Gas.

The statement said nothing we didn’t already know. What remains clear is that the current moratorium on fracking in Scotland does not go far enough. The Scottish Government have so far refused to commit to a ban nor have they said whether they will go ahead with it.

For over three years Scottish Green MSPs have built the case against fracking in Parliament. We are now very close to winning this campaign and banning fracking for good.

Greens call for public to take part in fracking consultation

31 January, 2017 - 16:29

Communities throughout Scotland concerned about fracking must take part in the government’s consultation on the hazardous extraction practice say the Greens.

Scottish Government adopts Greens’ energy manifesto pledge

24 January, 2017 - 16:17

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the government’s decision to adopt the party’s manifesto commitment of 50% of all energy use being generated from renewables by 2030.

Climate and energy spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said this target demonstrates that fracking is not needed, and certainly not welcome in Scotland.

Ruskell went on to press the government on fuel poverty, asking how it will deliver its target for 80% of homes to use low carbon heat by 2032, given the 2025 target is just 18%.

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.