Scotland will block hydraulic fracturing indefinitely after a public consultation found overwhelming opposition to the practice, the British region’s energy minister said on 3 October in a victory for environmentalists.
Scotland imposed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, the process of fracturing underground shale rock to release gas and oil, in 2015, and that will now remain for the foreseeable future.
“The decision taken today means fracking cannot and will not take place in Scotland,” Paul Wheelhouse told the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh. “Taking account of available evidence and the strength of public opinion, my judgment is that Scotland should say ‘no’ to fracking.”
The method has run into stiff opposition in many countries. Environmentalists say it causes problems including pollution of the water table, and residents of areas where hydraulic fracturing is being considered fear increased noise, traffic, and other effects.
Britain is estimated to have substantial amounts of shale gas trapped in underground rocks but, despite support from the central government in London, progress has been slow as environmentalists and local communities lobby against hydraulic fracturing.
Read the full story here.
Don't miss our latest HSE content, delivered to your inbox twice monthly. Sign up for the HSE Now newsletter. If you are not logged in, you will receive a confirmation email that you will need to click on to confirm you want to receive the newsletter.
23 - 24 Apr 2019
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Be ahead of the curve
7 Jun 2019
- London, United Kingdom
An introduction to Coalbed Methane from a basic understanding through to exploration, appraisal and development of the resource.
17 - 19 Mar 2020
- Bogotá, Colombia
Call for papers open
23 May 2019
- Moscow, Russia
Exchange state-of-the-art knowledge in HSE and its applicability in the Russian environment.
18 - 22 Mar 2019
- The Hague, The Netherlands
Register your interest
HSE Now is a source for news and technical information affecting the health, safety, security, environment, and social responsibility discipline of the upstream oil and gas industry.
©2003-2019 Society of Petroleum Engineers, All Rights Reserved.