Scottish Parliament votes to support an outright ban on fracking
The Scottish Parliament has voted to support an outright ban on fracking after SNP MSPs abstained. Labour tabled an amendment saying there ‘should’ be a full ban as part of an environment debate headed by new cabinet secretary Roseanna Cunningham.
After SNP members abstained, the motion was passed by 32 votes to 29.
Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said there needed to be proper research and a public consultation before a decision was taken on fracking.
Scottish Labour said it would be ‘outrageous’ if the SNP ‘ignored’ the result of the vote. The amendment is not a binding policy, but represents a defeat for the SNP, which supports a moratorium on fracking but stops short of backing a full ban.
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