WESTMINSTER MUST NOT IGNORE PUBLIC OPINION ON FRACKING PLANS

 

 

POWERS OVER FRACKING SHOULD BE IN SCOTLAND’S HANDS

 

SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed a response from John Swinney agreeing that the powers over unconventional oil and gas should be in Scotland’s hands – after Westminster ignored the objections of the Scottish Government to their plans to remove the right of householders to object to fracking beneath their homes.

 

Speaking at Topical Questions in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, Angus MacDonald raised the controversial plans of the UK Government – and made clear that the powers in this area should be transferred from Westminster to Holyrood.

 

The UK Government pressed ahead with the moves despite the objections of the Scottish Government – and 99 per cent of respondents to its own consultation.

 

Commenting, Mr MacDonald said:

 

“The UK Government has completely ignored the Scottish Government’s view on the issue – and the views of the 99 per cent of respondents to their own consultation who objected to their irresponsible plans.  For householders to lose their rights to object to fracking under their own home is completely unacceptable.

“I’m very pleased that the Cabinet Secretary agreed with me that Westminster shouldn’t be allowed to rule roughshod over the wishes of people in Scotland – it is vital that powers over unconventional oil and gas extraction are transferred to Scotland, rather than being held by a Westminster establishment

 

“This issue is far too significant to be simply nodded through as part of a behind closed doors agreement between the Tories and Lib Dems – people in Scotland deserve the chance to debate plans which rob them of their existing rights, without even the right to individual compensation in return.

 

“These are powers which should be transferred to the Scottish Parliament – to allow the matter to be taken forward in a cautious, considered and evidence based fashion, rather than in the gung-ho manner favoured by the UK Government in their dash for gas.”

 

The Topical Question was:

1. Angus MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Government what recent representations it has made to the UK Government regarding the removal of the right of householders in Scotland to object to fracking taking place beneath their homes. (S4T-00796)

 

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