The Scottish government is to publish the results of a series of studies into the potential impact of fracking. The government is mulling over whether to allow the controversial oil and gas extraction technique in Scotland, with a moratorium currently in force. Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse is to make a statement to MSPs at Holyrood laying out the results of the research. The government has said it will hold a public consultation before making any decision on whether to allow fracking. Nicola Sturgeon’s government commissioned a series of independent research projects when it imposed a moratorium on fracking in January 2015. Unconventional oil and gas extraction has proved a controversial topic, with some political parties and green groups arguing it causes environmental damage, while others point to economic benefits.
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ENVIRONMENTAL groups are calling on the Scottish Government to work towards a ban on fracking “as soon as possible” as it prepares to publish its evidence on shale gas fracking and coalbed methane. It put in place a moratorium on unconventional oil and gas in January last year, which was extended in October 2015 to cover underground coal gasification (UCG). It also commissioned a Public Health Impact Assessment and studies on climate, economic and transport impacts, seismic activity and decommissioning. These will form the basis of the evidence it publishes today. FoES head of campaigns Mary Church said: “We expect the research gathered by the Scottish Government will echo the growing body of evidence that documents the negative impacts of fracking on communities.
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Australian unions have thrown their weight behind a transition away from coal-generated electricity, calling for a new statutory authority to manage a “just transition”, supporting workers and communities that rely on fossil fuel-related jobs. A policy discussion paper written by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) said a planned closure of coal power stations – along with both a jobs and energy plan for the country – would “create a more prosperous and diversified economy”.
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