Scotland blocks fracking operations

The Scottish government has announced a moratorium on fracking pending an inquiry into its impacts

The Scottish government will not grant any planning consents for shale gas operations until an inquiry into its impacts has been completed.

The moratorium, announced by Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing on 28 January, will be in place until a full public health assessment and public consultation has been carried out. 

Ewing said this was a “proportionate and responsible” response to the development of the nascent industry and that the debate going forward would be characterised by examining evidence, which was not currently available.

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