Fracking film from Scottish Green Party looks to turn up the heat

THE Scottish Green Party has released a short film as part of their campaign against fracking.

It comes as the Scottish Government prepares to make a decision on whether or not to allow the gas drilling process.

Fracking has been condemned as “dangerous and unnecessary” by the Scottish Greens.

Green MSP Alison Johnstone first proposed a ban on unconventional oil and gas extraction in 2014.

A vote took place in Holyrood but all other parties voted against it.

She said:”Greens have opposed fracking from the start, and over the years I’ve been encouraged by the strength of feeling at community events I’ve taken part in right across Scotland.

“It’s been a long struggle but we’ve stood together against the threat of this dangerous and unnecessary drilling process, and we hope the end is in sight.”

“Given the risks to public health, the safety of workers, and the damage to our reputation as a climate change leader, it’s high time the Scottish Government made the right decision and ruled out fracking for good.”

Since then, the Greens have successfully:

Greens say they have pressed for devolution of the power to award fracking licences and for underground coal gasification to be included in the temporary moratorium.

And they say it is their campaigning that has secured a commitment from the First Minister to reach a decision and bring a vote in Parliament this year

Mark Ruskell MSP, climate change spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said: “Greens have been leading this fight, and our campaigning means tens of thousands of people have made their views known to the Scottish Government through its consultation.

“The evidence has been clear all along, and the powers to ban this technology have been available all along.

“Communities across Scotland deserve certainty. By putting a legal ban in place, we can focus on the creation of lasting jobs in a clean economy.”

 

Want to learn more? Read: Time to lift the fracking threat hanging over our communities

Shaun Milne is a Scottish based journalist with a particular interest in environmental issues, politics and travel.

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