WESTMINSTER ‘GUNG-HO’ PLANS TO DRILL UNDER HOMES WITHOUT CONSENT CONDEMNED
Friday, 15 August 2014 22:11
POWERS OVER FRACKING SHOULD BE IN SCOTLAND’S HANDS
The Scottish Government’s considered and cautious approach to fracking proposals has been welcomed again today - after an objection was raised to Westminster’s ‘gung-ho’ plans to remove the right of householders in Scotland to object to drilling beneath their homes.
The plans set out by the UK Government would allow companies to drill below people’s homes and land without first negotiating a right of access – in stark contrast to the considered approach advocated by the Scottish Government.
This follows on from the UK Government’s failure to consult the Scottish Government on the granting of new fracking licenses – despite licenses being announced for vast swathes of the central belt.
Commenting, Falkirk East SNP MSP Angus McDonald said:
“These UK Government plans would strip householders in Scotland of their right to object to drilling under their own homes – and are just the latest sorry episode in Westminster’s ‘gung-ho’ approach to fracking.
“In contrast, the Scottish Government proposes a cautious and considered approach to unconventional oil and gas which ensures that the views of local communities are taken into account – which is exactly why these decisions should be taken here in Scotland.”
Falkirk West SNP MSP Michael Matheson added:
“Westminster’s irresponsible gung-ho approach to fracking is the exact opposite of what is needed – and people in my constituency and across the country will be concerned that a Westminster establishment is taking decisions like this with seemingly no regard for the wishes of local people.
“It’s clear that decisions like this should be being made here in Scotland – rather than by an out of touch Westminster system. A Yes vote next month is our one opportunity to ensure that these powers are in Scotland’s hands.”