WESTMINSTER’S “GUNG-HO” APPROACH TO FRACKING HIGHLIGHTS TALE OF TWO GOVERNMENTS
28 July 2014
SNP WELCOMES SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CAUTIOUS AND CONSIDERED APPROACH
There is a clear contrast between Westminster’s “gung-ho” approach to Fracking, and the evidence-based, consensual approach being pursued by the Scottish Government, the SNP said today.
Westminster today announced that it was granting fracking licenses for vast swathes of the central belt – but failed to consult the Scottish Government.
Meanwhile, the Scottish Government has welcomed the report of the independent Expert Scientific Panel on Unconventional Oil and Gas’s new report published today, which calls for a more careful consideration of the regulatory regime.
Angus Macdonald, SNP MSP for Falkirk East, also welcomed Ministers highlighting that the views of local communities are of prime importance. Their views can be fed into a working group on the issue which will consider the independent panel’s findings and consider how the regulatory regime can be further strengthened.
Commenting Mr Macdonald said:
“The UK Government’s gung-ho approach to grant fracking licenses for vast swathes of the Central Belt and complete failure to consult the Scottish Government is totally irresponsible but sadly typical.
"Whatever people's views about unconventional oil and gas surely Scotland should make the decisions about any industry development that may happen here.
“The views of local communities are of prime importance to me - I am pleased to say that people in Scotland will have an opportunity to feed their views and concerns into the Scottish Government’s Working Group.
“It is reassuring to note that in Scotland the Scottish Government’s Expert Scientific Panel which has found that much of the regulatory regime is already in place to ensure effective monitoring and control of unconventional oil and gas developments.
“Only a Yes vote in September will allow responsible and accountable Governments in Scotland to ensure that communities in this country are consulted from the very start of any future plans and developments on this and other energy sourcing matters."
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon To Visit Grangemouth
28 July 2014
News that Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is to preside over a referendum question and answer session in Grangemouth Town Hall has been welcomed by pro-independence activists.
YES campaigners have held a series of public meetings across the length and breadth of Falkirk District with big name speakers such as Blair Jenkins, Dennis Canavan, local author, Allan Bissett, Jim Sillars, local MSPs, Michael Matheson, Angus MacDonald and former MSP Tommy Sherridan.
However the acceptance of Nicola Sturgeon to an invitation to come to Grangemouth is a coup for local volunteers and tops the lot.
In a specially arranged night in the Grangemouth Town Hall on Tuesday 5th August starting at 7pm, the Minister responsible for the Independence Bill will answer questions from the floor.
In charge of proceedings will be Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald who said,
“This is a hugely exciting time for Scotland as the eyes of the world focus on us.”
“We are therefore doubly delighted that Nicola can take the time to come to Falkirk East at this crucial point in the campaign and share with us her knowledge and experience.”
“The biggest problem is finding a venue large enough and central enough to accommodate all those who have already intimated they wish to attend. The level of community engagement from the YES camp has been one of the main stories of this campaign and the narrowing of the gap in intentions between the NO and YES is testimony of the positive and uplifting campaign being orchestrated by Nicola.”
Admission to the hall is free and those intending to go along should be seated by 6.50pm.