MSP wel­comes frack­ing ban

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

ARGYLL and Bute MSP Michael Rus­sell has wel­comed the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment that frack­ing will be banned.

Mr Rus­sell said: ‘The east­ern edge of the Argyll and Bute con­stituency, in­clud­ing part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, was one of the ar­eas orig­i­nally iden­ti­fied as hav­ing po­ten­tial for frack­ing, some­thing I have con­sis­tently op­posed. The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment pre­vi­ously an­nounced a mora­to­rium while it ran a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and ex­am­ined ev­i­dence over health and pub­lic safety.

‘The con­sul­ta­tion was the sec­ond largest run by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, re­ceiv­ing 60,535 valid re­sponses – of which 99 per cent were op­posed to frack­ing.

‘Peo­ple in Argyll and Bute had deep con­cerns about the devel­op­ment of frack­ing. The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has now un­der­taken one of the most far reach­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into un­con­ven­tional oil and gas of any gov­ern­ment in the world. The judge­ment is now clear: we could not pur­sue frack­ing in con­fi­dence that it would not un­der­mine pub­lic health or our cli­mate change tar­gets.’

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