A Scottish Government minister hit out at Conservatives over their support for unconventional gas – telling Tories to “frack off”.
Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Transport Minister, said the failure to outlaw fracking south of the border would put the countryside and communities at risk.
The SNP Government announced last week the controversial practice will be banned in Scotland, with a moratorium that was already in place extended indefinitely.
The Tories are the only party in the Scottish Parliament who support hydraulic fracturing for gas, with the SNP, Labour, Greens and the Liberal Democrats all against.
Mr Yousaf, speaking at the SNP conference in Glasgow, said: “For those particularly in the Tory Party who say that by being so environmental we’re going to harm Scotland’s economy I have two words for you – frack off.”
He added: “Where the UK Government is prepared to put at risk their communities and countryside from fracking the Scottish Government, your Scottish Government will allow no such thing, let me make it abundantly clear – under the SNP’s watch there will be no fracking in Scotland.”
Recommended for you
Read the latest opinion pieces from our Energy Voice columnists
- So, you think that you know all there is to know about Christmas?
- Opinion: Economic reality is set to box Mario Draghi into a corner
- Opinion: The perfect time to show some spirit for the North Sea
- Opinion: Invest, innovate, initiate in 2018
- Opinion: The Arctic threat to Saudi Arabia’s grand oil bargain