Updated: 10/05/18 : 06:15:35
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Flaws emerge elsewhere in fracking blanket ban

By Eugene McGloin
Political Editor

SERIOUS FLAWS in a nationwide ban on fracking are emerging in a major court test in Scotland.

Citizens understood they had a blanket ban in their country on the controversial extraction.

In Ireland, Sligo TD Tony McLoughlin, pictured, successfully pushed his Private Members Bill into law last July, banning fracking in Ireland. See link below.

Then last October Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, told the Scottish parliament: “Fracking is banned in Scotland. End of story.”

A Gloss

However, Queens Counsel (QC) for her government have argued something radically different this week in the first court test on such ban.

The QC has alarmed politicians and fracking opponents.....and not just in Scotland either.

The Scotsman daily newspaper quoted the QC as saying:-

A. “There is no formal ban in place; the concept of an effective ban is a gloss.

B. “It is the language of a press statement. What they have done is to announce a preferred position on the issue.

C. “Any position which the (Scottish) government will take has to undergo a strategic and environmental assessment,” said the senior lawyer.

                        Anti-fracking protesters in Scotland prior to the ban

The High Court in Scotland has been asked to grant judicial review on the ban.

The company behind this week’s court move own two fracking licenses. The case continues.

Links:  Sligo Today 7/7/2017 and Sligo Today 3/10/2017