Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit to my consultation on my proposal to ban “fracking”. The results of my public consultation have now been processed, and 87% of the 1067 respondents were in favour of a ban. I am delighted with this overwhelming support.
My final proposal for a bill to prohibit the onshore extraction of unconventional oil and gas has now been formally lodged, and I will move on with the next step of the process.
The climate science is irrefutable. Scotland does not need a new fossil fuel as we shift towards a low carbon economy. Most respondees argued that we should be focussing on the development of jobs in the renewables industries.
Many are also concerned about the potential health implications of unconventional oil and gas extraction.