Scottish fracking powers kicked into the long grass

Powers over fracking licensing will not be transferred to Scotland during this parliament, despite recommendations by the Smith Commission to do so

Powers to award fracking licences will remain with the UK government (photograph: bizoon/123RF)Scotland will not get powers to issue its own fracking licences until after the next election, despite the Smith Commission's recommendations to do so.

Last November, the Smith Commission advised that licensing of onshore oil and gas extraction, and responsibility for mineral access rights for underground onshore extraction of oil and gas, should be devolved to the Scottish parliament.

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