McLeod backs moratorium on oil and gas extraction

SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Aileen McLeod has welcomed a moratorium on unconventional onshore oil and gas extraction in Scotland.

Scotland’s Energy Minister announced yesterday that no more planning consents for unconventional onshore oil and gas wells will be granted.

The Scottish Government will also carry out a Public Health Impact Assessment and full public consultation to ensure the voices of communities across Scotland are heard on the issue.

Earlier this week the majority of Scottish Labour MPs failed to vote for a moratorium on fracking in the House of Commons, despite Jim Murphy stating his supposed opposition to the technology at the weekend. Every SNP MP voted in favour of a UK-wide moratorium.

Aileen commented: “Today’s announcement of a moratorium will be welcomed by communities across Scotland who have been alarmed by the gung-ho stance taken by the Westminster Government.

“Today’s statement brings welcome clarity and stands in stark contrast to Labour’s chaotic approach to fracking. This week saw Jim Murphy announce his party’s supposed opposition to fracking before his MPs failed to support a moratorium in the House of Commons.

“The SNP Government has acted where Labour’s MPs failed and have once again shown that Jim Murphy is more interested in political posturing than concrete action.”