Our Forth Statement on INEOS legal action against Scotland
In October 2017 the Scottish Government imposed an indefinite moratorium on fracking developments in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament then endorsed this decision with only the Conservatives voting against. The moratorium reflects the widespread view in Scotland that fracking is unnecessary and would be an environmental and public health catastrophe. Our Forth welcomed the decision when it was announced although we continue to argue for a permanent legislative ban.
Despite all the evidence, and in the face of public opinion and the democratic process, petrochemical giant INEOS has launched a legal challenge to the moratorium. Our Forth is confident that INEOS will fail, but we believe the drawn out legal process that will result from the legal challenge is a gross waste of public time and money.
INEOS have gained an injunction in the English courts, which attempts to curtail opposition to their fracking activities south of the border. The Scottish moratorium provided inspiration for campaigners in England and we believe that despite the remote chance of a successful challenge to the Scottish government INEOS is challenging the moratorium in order to argue in England that the evidence against fracking that underlies the Scottish ban is flawed and can be challenged.
This is an insult to democracy. The Scottish taxpayer will have to meet the bill for legal defence.
Our Forth stands in solidarity with campaigners in England and internationally, and continues to campaign for an end to massive imports of fracked gas from the US that are being shipped up the Forth to Grangemouth every week. this was written by Peter Cannell, and the Our Forth committee thanks him for this clear view of why we oppose the aims of Ineos, and all other UGE proponents.
The image of the dragon ship was taken about 300 metres from Torness nuclear power station.
Taken on September 11 2017.