WESTMINSTER’S “GUNG-HO” APPROACH TO FRACKING HIGHLIGHTS TALE OF TWO GOVERNMENTS

SNP WELCOMES SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CAUTIOUS AND CONSIDERED APPROACH

There is a clear contrast between Westminster’s “gung-ho” approach to Fracking, and the evidence-based, consensual approach being pursued by the Scottish Government, the SNP said today.

Westminster today announced that it was granting fracking licenses for vast swathes of the central belt – but failed to consult the Scottish Government.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Government has welcomed the report of the independent Expert Scientific Panel on Unconventional Oil and Gas’s new report published today, which calls for a more careful consideration of the regulatory regime.

Angus Macdonald, SNP MSP for Falkirk East, also welcomed Ministers highlighting that the views of local communities are of prime importance. Their views can be fed into a working group on the issue which will consider the independent panel’s findings and consider how the regulatory regime can be further strengthened.

Commenting Mr Macdonald said:

“The UK Government’s gung-ho approach to grant fracking licenses for vast swathes of the Central Belt and complete failure to consult the Scottish Government is totally irresponsible but sadly typical.

"Whatever people's views about unconventional oil and gas surely Scotland should make the decisions about any industry development that may happen here.

“The views of local communities are of prime importance to me - I am pleased to say that people in Scotland will have an opportunity to feed their views and concerns into the Scottish Government’s Working Group.

“It is reassuring to note that in Scotland the Scottish Government’s Expert Scientific Panel which has found that much of the regulatory regime is already in place to ensure effective monitoring and control of unconventional oil and gas developments.

“Only a Yes vote in September will allow responsible and accountable Governments in Scotland to ensure that communities in this country are consulted from the very start of any future plans and developments on this and other energy sourcing matters."

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