Westminster will introduce new laws removing Scottish governments control over major planning applications in the event of a,”no” vote in the referendum. Energy policy is reserved to Westminster but at this time the Scottish Government has control over major planning applications. Conservatives last night urged SNP ministers to, “get a move on” and explore the potential for drilling now rather than waiting until after the independence referendum. Murdo Fraser, the Scottish Tory energy spokesman, said, “Fracking has revolutionised the US market, and Scotland cannot afford to be left behind on this matter.”
Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Energy Minister, said the Scottish Government will set up a working group to consider the panel’s findings and ensure regulation of the industry is robust. He said: “The views of the local communities are of prime importance to us and they will have an opportunity to feed their views and concerns into this group.” More info
1. Film, “Gasland” A view from the fracking states of America. http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/gasland_2010/
2. Map showing area’s ear marked for fracking http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/fracking-map-of-scotland-revealed-by-uk-ministers-1-3236349
3. Briefing note from the SNP government http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2014/jul/tale-two-governments-fracking
4. Greenpeace view, http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/newsdesk/energy/data/cabinet-marginals-licensed-fracking-exploration
This is a bombshell for Scotland. We do not need to establish a fracking industry, with all of the associated environmental problems that it brings with it.
Vote, “Yes” in the referendum so that the people of Scotland will be able to decide the future note a government based in London, Westminster.