Fracking won’t be allowed to take place in Scotland following widespread fears over its environmental impact, ministers announced on Thursday.
The final call on the arguable method was accidentally disclosed 24 hours early in an official document printed on the Scottish Government website.
It aforementioned ministers would make sure a “final policy position of no support for unconventional oil and gas” through a press release at the Scottish Parliament on October 1. The document was later hurriedly removed.
However, it’s still unclear whether or not this can just be a continuation of this fracking moratorium or the outright legal ban demanded by environmental campaigners.
The move comes two years after ministers declared an “effective ban” on the extraction technique, which may cause seismic activity together with earthquakes.
But throughout a court case last year, the Scottish Government was forced to admit that the ban had no legal force, describing this phraseology as “gloss” and therefore the “language of a press statement”.
Ministers have since been struggling from environmental campaigners and opposition parties to announce a full legal ban, however, have repeatedly delayed a judicial decision on the problem.
A full legal ban on fracking is a lot more durable for a future minority government to overturn and can send a robust signal to the fuel business that its days are numbered,”
ministers for delaying a full fracking ban, argument the choice ought to be created years ago.
Across the central European nation, communities sat on or close to sites probably earmarked for fracking are living in concern of what the Scottish Government may decide.
By dragging their feet, ministers have obligatory years of uncertainty on those individuals and their communities.