30th January 2015

Moratorium On Fracking In Scotland Announced

Steven Paterson, the SNP Parliamentary candidate for the Stirling Constituency, has welcomed today’s announcement by the Scottish Government’s Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing MSP, of a moratorium on planning consents for unconventional onshore oil and gas wells, including fracking.

Public Consultation on Fracking

Fergus Ewing MSP

The Minister also announced that a full public consultation on unconventional oil and gas extraction will be held to ensure that the voices of communities across Scotland are heard on the issue. Earlier this week, the majority of Scottish Labour MPs failed to vote for a moratorium on fracking in the House of Commons. In contrast, every SNP MP voted in favour of a UK-wide moratorium. Commenting, Steven Paterson said: “Today’s announcement of a moratorium will be welcomed by communities across the Stirling area, who will have been alarmed by the gung-ho stance taken by the Tory UK Government and the failure of Labour to stand up for them and vote for a moratorium when they had a chance last week. “The decision by Labour MPs to abstain on such a crucial vote demonstrates clearly why things have to change, and why Stirling needs an MP who will turn up and vote in the interests of the people of the Stirling area. “The SNP Government has acted where Labour’s MPs failed. Labour have shown yet again that they are more interested in political posturing than taking action in the interests of their constituents.”