viernes, 2 de junio de 2017

Thousands call for fracking ban in Scotland as consultation closes

Campaigners with a petition calling for a ban on fracking. Photo: Friends of the Earth Scotland

Drill or Drop?
MAY 31, 2017

Campaigners said more than 40,000 people have called for a ban on fracking in response to the Scottish Government’s consultation which closes just before midnight tonight.

Opponents of unconventional gas and oil gathered outside the Scottish Parliament today, as representatives of the Broad Alliance, Friends of the Earth and 38 degrees delivered a petition with thousands of names to the Scottish Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse.

Campaigners delivering responses to the consultation to Paul Wheelhouse (right). Photo: Friends of the Earth Scotland

The consultation, which ran for four months, will now be followed by analysis of the responses. The Scottish Government has said it will make a recommendation to MSPs before the end of the year.

Donald Campbell, Chair of the Broad Alliance, said:

“The symbolic handover by the Broad Alliance of their submission to the Consultation on Unconventional Oil and Gas is the culmination of years of dogged determination and diligent research into this method of fossil fuel extraction. The submission states unequivocally that communities across the length and breadth of the country completely reject any form of Unconventional Oil and Gas Extraction. We call on the Minister to listen to the people of Scotland and ban it completely.”….

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