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Fracking ban bill to be put before MSPs by Scottish Labour

Fracking ban bill to be put before MSPs by Scottish Labour

Labour is to heap pressure on the SNP Government by putting forward its own plan to MSPs to ban fracking.

The SNP says it is weighing up the evidence before making a decision on whether to impose an outright ban on the controversial energy extraction technique.

Claudia Beamish, Scottish Labour’s environment spokesman, who is to release details of member’s bill on Friday, said: “SNP ministers now face an urgent choice.

“They can work with Labour to ban fracking, or they can work with the Tories to allow drilling under family homes in parts of central Scotland.”

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, involves shooting a mixture of water and chemicals underground to release shale gas.

The UK has granted fracking licences for large parts of central Scotland, including Fife, but a Scottish moratorium in place since January 2016 means it cannot take place.

The SNP say they are “deeply sceptical” of fracking and will not allow it to happen unless it can be “proven beyond any doubt that there is no risk to health, communities or the environment”.

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