Lord Pentland’s ruling that Ineos’s legal action was based on “fundamental misunderstandings” despite “ministerial statements to the effect that there is an effective ban” was of course correct. The lord advocate, James Wolffe, on behalf of our government, made it painstakingly clear in court that anyone who said fracking was banned in Scotland – that would be you, first minister – was mistaken because it was just “PR gloss”. Well you don’t need to be Donald Findlay to understand you can’t legally challenge a ban that doesn’t exist. Shame no one in the Scottish government was honest about it before the high-priced learned friends got involved.
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