Scottish Government: fracking “incompatible” with climate policy

The Scottish Government set out its finalised policy of no support for unconventional oil and gas (UOG) – otherwise known as fracking – development in Scotland.

Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, confirmed this position on 3 October following a comprehensive period of evidence-gathering and consultation, including environmental and business assessments. He also set out the factors which led to this decision, including the incompatibility of UOG development with climate change policy.

The minister said: “That decision followed consideration of many factors including the significant negative effects that UOG development could have on our natural environment and the health and well-being of communities, while bearing in mind the overwhelming feedback from the public that this should not be permitted in Scotland.”

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