Industry furious as Scotland bans fracking

The Scottish government has announced it ‘will not support the development of unconventional oil and gas’ effectively banning fracking in Scotland

NGOs are thrilled, the oil and gas industry less so. Photograph: 123RFThe Scottish government has effectively banned fracking in Scotland by announcing it will not support unconventional oil and gas development.

Minister for business, innovation and energy, Paul Wheelhouse, told MSPs on 3 October that, having taken account of the interests of the environment, economy, public health and public opinion, “fracking cannot and will not take place in Scotland”.

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