Ineos has withdrawn the long-running planning application for coalbed methane extraction at Airth in Falkirk. Opponents of the scheme for 22 new wells and 14 new sites described the decision as “fantastic news”.
As expected, the Scottish government has continued an indefinite moratorium on fracking and the unconventional oil and gas industry.
A ministerial statement is due later this week on Scotland’s policy on unconventional oil and gas.
Opponents of fracking called today on the Scottish government to ban fracking “once and for all”.
The Scottish government has delayed its decision on whether to ban fracking.
Data released today suggests that UK councils have invested more than £9 billion from staff pension funds in fracking companies, despite opposition to the process.
The shale gas company, Ineos, has lost its case against the Scottish Government’s policy on fracking.
Ineos said today it was astonished to learn that the Scottish Government claimed it had not issued a ban on fracking in Scotland.
A lawyer for the Scottish Government has urged the Court of Sessions to dismiss a challenge by two gas companies to the moratorium on fracking.
The court considering a challenge to the Scottish Government’s ban on fracking has been told the policy is required to meet climate change commitments.