SNP MSP Michael Russell has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that fracking will be banned.
The eastern edge of the Argyll & Bute Constituency, including part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, was one of the areas originally identified as having potential for fracking, something that has been consistently opposed by local people and by Michael Russell.
The Scottish Government previously announced a moratorium while it ran a public consultation and examined evidence over health and public safety.
The consultation was the second largest ever run by the Scottish Government, receiving 60,535 valid responses – of which 99% were opposed to fracking.
Commenting, SNP MSP Michael Russell said:
“People in Argyll & Bute and across Scotland had deep concerns about the development of fracking, which is why the Scottish Government put in place a moratorium while the evidence was carefully examined.
“The Scottish Government has now undertaken one of the most far reaching investigations into unconventional oil and gas of any government in the world.
“The judgement is now clear – we could not pursue fracking in confidence that it would not undermine public health or our climate change targets.
“And, importantly, the public consent in the communities like Argyll & Bute that would be affected simply isn’t there.
“I’m delighted that the Scottish Government are putting the interests of communities such as Argyll & Bute first.”