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I fear fracking ban is not yet watertight

Wed 11 Oct, 2017

Local communities will be celebrating the Scottish Government’s intention to ban fracking announced last week. The prospect of up to 600 wells being sunk in the wider Stirling area was a major threat to both our local environment and efforts to tackle climate change.

In 2014 my colleague Alison Johnstone MSP moved a motion to ban fracking at Holyrood. Only the Greens voted in favour but now all parties, except the Tories, back a ban. It’s been a long campaign, but the voice of communities has finally won through.

I fear fracking ban is not yet watertight

Wed 11 Oct, 2017

Local communities will be celebrating the Scottish Government’s intention to ban fracking announced last week. The prospect of up to 600 wells being sunk in the wider Stirling area was a major threat to both our local environment and efforts to tackle climate change.

In 2014 my colleague Alison Johnstone MSP moved a motion to ban fracking at Holyrood. Only the Greens voted in favour but now all parties, except the Tories, back a ban. It’s been a long campaign, but the voice of communities has finally won through.

Leaders of Edinburgh and Glasgow City councils welcome Safer Streets proposal

Sun 8 Oct, 2017

Green MSP Mark Ruskell today welcomed comments from the leaders of both City of Edinburgh Council and Glasgow City Council on his proposed safer streets bill, which would reduce the default speed limit on residential roads to 20mph while allowing Councils to keep 30mph limits where appropriate.

Safer Streets: https://greens.scot/saferstreets

The positive comments come as the consultation on the Bill closes: more than 80% of those who responded backed the principle of the proposals.

Ruskell warns Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses Bill does not fully address welfare issues

Thu 5 Oct, 2017

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (5 Oct) used a debate on the Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses Bill to warn that the proposed legislation does not fully address animal welfare issues.

Green MSPs agreed to allow the Bill to proceed to the next stage of scrutiny and amendment.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

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.

We welcome CAA halting plans for new flight paths out of Edinburgh Airport

Fri 22 Sep, 2017

Green MSPs have welcomed the news that plans for new flight paths out of Edinburgh Airport have been put on hold, but say that proper consideration need to be given to Scotland’s transport priorities before the plans can continue.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that it will not proceed with the airport’s application due to technical issues with the plans. 

JOHNSTONE OPPOSES WALLYFORD GREYHOUND EXPLOITATION

Alison Johnstone MSP Thu 21 Sep, 2017

Alison has joined local campaigners and leading animal welfare charity OneKind, in calling for a halt to plans to open a new greyhound racing track in Wallyford, East Lothian.

In March, plans for a car park and 94 ‘high end’ houses to enable development of the stadium, at the site originally identified for business use, were approved by councillors after an application for development was rejected in 2011, with that decision overturned by the Scottish Government on appeal.

Alison said:

When it comes to fairer, greener ways of travelling, we still have a journey ahead of us

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 15 Sep, 2017

With exceptional timing, Storm Aileen breezed into Scotland on Wednesday - National Cycle to Work Day. I dared myself to cycle all the way to the Scottish Parliament from home in Stirlingshire and managed the 48 miles in a little over 3 hours. Given I'm middle aged, average fitness and borderline overweight, cycling even a couple of miles to work is still worth a go and not beyond what most people can do with the right support and facilities from their employer.

Fracking: Green Film Turns Up Heat Over Imminent Ban Decision

Fri 15 Sep, 2017

A short film has been launched by the Scottish Greens in their long-running campaign against fracking, ahead of an imminent decision by the Scottish Government on whether or not to allow the dangerous and unnecessary gas drilling process.

Green MSP Alison Johnstone first proposed a ban on unconventional oil and gas extraction in 2014, bringing it to a vote in the Holyrood chamber but all other parties voted against it.

Since then, the Greens have successfully: