Anti-fracking groups will stage a demonstration outside Holyrood before the vote calling for legislation to be passed outlawing fracking.
Friends of the Earth Scotland’s head of campaigns, Mary Church, said: “The Scottish Government’s plan to ban fracking is fantastic news for communities and the environment. But we would like to see Ministers go even further and secure the fracking ban in law.”
She added: “Unfortunately, the Government’s proposal falls short of committing to passing a law like recent bans in Ireland, Victoria and Maryland.
“This means that a future Government could overturn this decision with the stroke of a pen, while a ban in law would require Parliament’s approval to undo the ban on fracking.
“Powers over onshore oil and gas licensing are coming to Scotland and we want to see a commitment to use these powers to legislate against fracking as soon as they are in place.”
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