What is the SNP policy on fracking?

No fracking can take place in Scotland at this time and that remains the case. The combination of a planning moratorium and the work underway to finalise policy means no planning decisions would be taken.

The SNP have taken a cautious, evidence based approach to fracking. The Scottish Government conducted one of the most far reaching investigations into unconventional oil and gas of any government, including a four-month public consultation.

The consultation, launched in January 2017, found that 99% of the respondents were opposed to fracking - citing the potential significant, long-lasting negative impacts on health, communities and the environment.

Fracking, in addition to underground coal gasification, will have no place in Scotland’s energy mix.

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