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Scot Gov must step in & halt Edinburgh airport's flawed consultation on expansion

27 April, 2017 - 16:26

Scottish Green MSPs today used a Holyrood debate on Edinburgh airport's expansion plans to call on the Scottish Government to step in and halt the company's flawed consultation.

Last week 20 community councils affected by the plans came together at a summit meeting at Holyrood hosted by Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife.

In today's debate, Mr Ruskell said:

Import ban on Scottish fisheries set to cost £200m a year

19 April, 2017 - 15:22

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (19 April) challenged Scottish Ministers over a looming export ban on farmed fish which could cost the Scottish economy £200million a year.

The United States now requires proof that seafood imports are harvested in a way that minimises harm to marine mammals including seals.

Official figures show that fish farms in Scotland have been shooting seven or eight seals a month.

We need to champion the local services that support us all

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 14 Apr

It’s with mixed emotions that I’m standing down as a councillor in May to focus on my role as a Green MSP.

Part of me will always feel rooted in the communities I’ve served as a councillor and the need to champion the local services that support us all.

Brent platforms warning must be taken seriously

10 April, 2017 - 11:23

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (10 April) welcomed comments from environmental groups who have rejected Shell's plans to leave redundant oil rigs in the North Sea.

WWF Scotland, Greenpeace UK, the Marine Conservation Society, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Kimo, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and RSPB Scotland say that Shell has not provided enough detail on its plans for the Brent platforms and pipelines.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

Electrofishing trial decision criticised by Greens

4 April, 2017 - 10:19

The Scottish Greens have criticised a Scottish Government decision to launch a trial of electrofishing for razor clams, a fishing technique that uses a low electric current.

Greens call on public to push government towards fracking ban

30 March, 2017 - 16:12

Public participation in a fracking consultation could be the key to finally seeing the Scottish Government ban the hazardous practice, a Green MSP has said at Holyrood.

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP, Mark Ruskell responded to a ministerial statement on “Unconventional Oil and Gas” by saying that the government’s current, “legally shaky” moratorium” must become a ban “as soon as possible”.

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.

Wildlife crime: Ruskell hits out at Scottish Government delay on powers

27 March, 2017 - 16:30

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, has hit out at the Scottish Government for failing to extend the powers of animal charity the SSPCA so they can tackle wildlife crime.

It comes as Holyrood's Environment Committee, of which Mr Ruskell is a member, warns of “alarming distrust” between groups that tackle wildlife crimes. The Committee has written to the Environment Secretary, urging greater cooperation and improved reporting.

Mark Ruskell, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, said:

Alloa rejects vile SDL

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 17 Mar

The sight of the Scottish Defence League on the streets of Alloa was a shameful betrayal by the tiny band of local thugs who invited them in. In contrast communities across Clacks should be proud of their response to the refugee crisis, welcoming families fleeing the most unimaginable suffering and heartbreak. Blaming the poverty in our own communities on those who have lost everything is a betrayal of our humanity and can only survive on ignorance.

Time to clean up our act on air quality and congestion

Kerstin Romano Fri 17 Mar

Dunfermline’s Appin Crescent is the most polluted street in Fife, according to a report recently published by Friends of the Earth Scotland. Fife Council published an Air Quality Action Plan for the street back in 2015, but progress has been slow, and Mid Scotland and Fife’s Green MSP Mark Ruskell has raised the issue in Holyrood, calling it a ‘public health crisis’.