Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse is expected to make an announcement on the future of fracking in Scotland later today.
Scotland currently has a moratorium on fracking for shale, so any announcement by the Scottish Government is likely to have widespread implications for the country’s energy future.
Environmental group Friends of the Earth expect a Scotland-wide ban to be announced.
Head of campaigns Mary Church said: “Given the strength of feeling against fracking in the country, and the First Minister’s well documented scepticism about the industry it’s hard to see how the Scottish Government could do anything other than announce an outright ban.
“Fracking is bad for public health, pollutes the environment and damages the climate. As the deadly impacts of climate change become ever clearer and closer, the last thing the Scottish Government should do is open up a new frontier of fossil fuels.
“With communities across Scotland we have been fighting the fracking industry for 6 years, particularly on the frontline of the industry in the central belt. This decision is highly anticipated, and a ban would be met with huge celebration and much relief, particularly by those living in licensed areas.”
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