Scottish government vows to use planning process to stymie fracking projects

The Scottish government has refused to propose a legislative ban on shale gas and other unconventional fossil fuel extraction projects but will continue to forestall them through the planning and licensing process, it has announced.

The decision to use policy levers to stymie fracking was announced in the Scottish parliament this week by energy minister Paul Wheelhouse. Campaigners had been pressing for a new law.

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Wheelhouse made the announcement almost five years after a moratorium on fracking was first put in place and on the second anniversary of a statement to parliament in October 2017, when he announced an 'effective ban' on the industry. 

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