28 April 2017
Labour’s bid to ban fracking in Scotland has been met with overwhelming support.
A public consultation by MSP Claudia Beamish found that 87 per cent of respondents were in favour of a ban, with more than 1,000 people responding to the consultation – one of the highest response rates in Scottish Parliament history.
The Labour MSP will now press ahead with the Final Proposal for her Member’s Bill to change the law and ban on shore fracking outright in Scotland.
Last year the Scottish Parliament backed a Scottish Labour motion calling for the controversial practice to be outlawed.
The SNP has refused to rule out allowing fracking in Scotland, despite widespread public opposition and health and safety fears.
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart said:
“There is a loud and clear message from this consultation – the overwhelming majority do not want fracking in Scotland.
“The climate science is irrefutable. Scotland does not need a new fossil fuel as we shift towards a low carbon economy. Most respondents argued that we should be focusing on the development of jobs in the renewables industries.
“Many are also concerned about the potential health implications of unconventional oil and gas extraction.
“The Scottish Parliament has already voted to ban fracking in Scotland, but the SNP has kicked the decision into the long grass. It’s time they listened to our communities.
“This is about Scotland’s future, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the condition we leave our planet in for our children and our grandchildren.”
Proposed Prohibition of Fracking etc. (Scotland) Bill
Bill Proposed by Claudia Beamish MSP