After the Our Forth extraordinary meeting in Portobello on Tuesday evening we believe there is still work to do to rid Scotland of the filthy UGE industry once and for all.
This is our considered opinion
Our Forth welcomes the indefinite moratorium on fracking in Scotland. The Scottish Government is to be congratulated on listening to the people of Scotland. However we believe this decision is also a missed opportunity.
In the consultation Our Forth argued for a total ban. Fracking, coal bed methane and underground coal gasification have huge impacts on health and the natural environment. They also run counter to any plan to reduce carbon emissions as part of a long-term energy strategy designed to tackle the climate crisis. A continuing moratorium leaves open the possibility that fracking may happen in the future and will continue to create uncertainty for communities across the central belt and in South West Scotland.
Our Forth pledges to continue to campaign against all forms of Unconventional Gas Extraction until such times as the Scottish Government introduces a total ban and will scrutinise the progress the Scottish Government makes towards an outright ban which the Scottish people so clearly demands.
In addition Our Forth stands in solidarity with local communities in England and around the world who are fighting to prevent fracking in their local areas. We will continue to support their campaigns until the threat of fracking is removed.
Our Forth is a member of the Broad Alliance www.broad-alliance.org
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