Iain Gray MSP has welcomed an extended moratorium on fracking, but says East Lothian still needs the protection of a full legal ban
Following Labour pressure, including a proposed Member’s Bill to ban fracking, SNP ministers have finally got off the fence and extended their moratorium on fracking indefinitely.
However, this decision could be overturned by a future government and does not offer Scotland the protection of a full legal ban.
Iain Gray MSP said:
“This is a victory for Labour, environmental groups, and communities across East Lothian and Scotland.
“Labour has long argued that the climate change science is clear – we do not need another fossil fuel. Instead Scotland needs to develop forms of renewable energy with unionised and well paid jobs.
“This announcement is a result of Labour pressure including a proposal from Labour MSP Claudia Beamish to change the law to ban fracking in Scotland.
“But extending the moratorium indefinitely is not as strong as a full legal ban, and could be overturned at any point at the whim of a minister.
“These proposals don’t go far enough. They do not offer the protection of Labour’s proposal, that is why Labour will continue to push for a full legal ban.”