Fracking should have no place in Scotland’s future.


Fracking is unsafe, unnecessary and completely incompatible with our climate change targets. Scottish Greens have opposed it from the start. Green MSPs first proposed a ban in May 2014 but at the time all other parties disagreed. After years of campaigning, fracking was successfully banned in Scotland in October 2017.

Blog: How Scotland Can Ban Fracking

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

Latest Campaign Updates

Greens rally to extend fracking ban

Sat 21 Oct, 2017

Scottish Green Party members have voted unanimously for a permanent ban on fracking and appealed to the Scottish Government to include a statement to that effect in the country’s National Planning Framework.

During an impassioned speech, Mark Ruskell MSP, the Scottish Greens’ environment spokesperson, said that party members could be proud of their partial victory in extending the pause and reminded delegates that Greens have “opposed fracking from the start” and will always do so.

The party is meeting at Edinburgh Napier University for its autumn conference.

The government must be ready to listen before putting a budget before parliament

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 6 Oct, 2017

Party conference season is upon us. With Theresa May’s farcical performance in Manchester earlier this week, every other leader can be confident that’d be hard put to do any worse. This weekend it’s the turn of the SNP, whose members will no doubt be eager for some positive, upbeat announcements to cheer.

The first of these was announced on Tuesday; the temporary moratorium on fracking and other forms of extreme energy production will be extended. These technologies will not be deployed in Scotland, and this will certainly feature prominently in the First Ministers speech.

Ruskell challenges FM to strengthen position on fracking

Thu 5 Oct, 2017

Mark Ruskell MSP, Climate and Energy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (5 Oct) used First Minister's Questions to challenge Nicola Sturgeon to strengthen the Scottish Government's position on fracking.

Earlier this week, following years of Green pressure, Scottish Ministers announced that the current temporary moratorium on unconventional gas extraction will be extended "indefinitely" as there is "no social licence at this time" but they did not commit to use planning policy, environmental regulations and licensing powers to rule out the technology for good.

Scot Govt fracking moratorium extension a step in the right direction

Tue 3 Oct, 2017

The Scottish Greens have described today's announcement by the Scottish Government that the current temporary moratorium on fracking will be extended "indefinitely" as a step in the right direction.

But Green MSP Mark Ruskell warned that while pressure from Greens and concerned communities has succeeded in forcing an extension of the current planning moratorium, Scottish Ministers only spoke of "no social licence at this time" and did not commit to use environmental regulations and licensing powers to rule out the technology for good.

Our future prosperity lies with the low carbon economy

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 22 Sep, 2017

I promise not to ask readers of the National for any more favours (at least until next month) if you could all do me one tiny thing today: respond to the Scottish Government’s climate change bill consultation before it closes at midnight.