Decision time for Scotland as fracking debate comes to Holyrood

24/10/17 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. A debate on whether to ban fracking in Scotland is to be held at the Scottish Parliament today.


    The Scottish Government set out plans earlier this month to outlaw the controversial practice for extracting oil and gas from the ground.


    Onshore fracking involves injecting liquid into the ground at high pressure in order to extract deposits of oil and gas.


    The method is seen as controversial due to suspected public health concerns and the much argued impact on the environment.


    A cross party debate will be held at Holyrood this afternoon to decide whether to endorse the government's decision to introduce an immediate and effective ban on onshore unconventional oil and gas developments.


    Stay tuned as Energy Voice will be live blogging proceedings.

    ML Mark Lammey
  2. Paul Wheelhouse reaffirms his position on a fracking ban in Scotland.

    DM David McPhee
  3. Paul Wheelhouse is going over the reasons as to why the moratorium on fracking should now become a full ban across Scotland: "Members should be in no doubt on the findings and extensive research."

    DM David McPhee
  4. Neil Findlay (Lab): "Will Mr Wheelhouse release all correspondence between Scottish Government and INEOS regarding fracking?"

    DM David McPhee
  5. Paul Wheelhouse states that he would rather continue with his statement.

    DM David McPhee
  6. Murdo Fraser (Con): "Will Scotland not just import [shale] gas?"

    DM David McPhee
  7. Paul Wheelhouse outlines his reasons for ban: "Position on unconventional oil and gas not robust enough."

    DM David McPhee
  8. Paul Wheelhouse: "No power grab by UK Gov will take place"

    DM David McPhee
  9. Paul Wheelhouse: "Our decision has been welcomed by many across Scotland."

    DM David McPhee
  10. Wheelhouse claims KPMG found fracking would ad just 1% to GDP in Scotland.

    DM David McPhee
  11. Paul Wheelhouse: "Real risk to Scotland's economy comes from hard Brexit. [Laugh's from Murdo Fraser]

    DM David McPhee
  12. We will conbtinue working with INEOS, says Wheelhouse.

    DM David McPhee
  13. Whiteman (Greens) asks if the minister is aware that the ban "can be undone by any future government?"

    DM David McPhee
  14. "A clear and robust response to the evidence to say 'no' to fracking", says Wheelhouse

    DM David McPhee
  15. Murdo Fraser calls this a "ludicrous ban."

    DM David McPhee
  16. Fracking could be conducted safely in Scotland, claim scientists, states Fraser (Con)

    DM David McPhee
  17. Scottish Government commissioned its own report. 'SNP Government dancing to the tune of the Green Party', claims Murdo Fraser (Con).

    DM David McPhee
  18. By 2020 UK will be importing 70% of the gas we need, claims M Fraser (Cons)

    DM David McPhee
  19. M Fraser 'misrepresenting the truth' retorts P Wheelhouse.

    DM David McPhee
  20. Imported shale gas while have 'higher carbon footprint', claims M Fraser (Cons).

    DM David McPhee
  21. Scot Gove has failed to explain where 2 million homes who rely on gas will get it after ban, asks M Fraser (Cons).

    DM David McPhee
  22. "This is a Scot Gov with two dif standards: one for the central belt and one for rural Scotland", M Fraser

    DM David McPhee
  23. Murdo Fraser calls proposed fracking ban 'anti-science'.

    DM David McPhee
  24. "Fracking ban is bad for Scotland, bad for jobs", M Fraser.

    DM David McPhee
  25. Claudia Beamish (Lab) says 'no if, no buts no fracking in Scotland.'

    DM David McPhee
  26. Beamish (Lab) says Tory Gov continues to ignore anti-fracking voices.

    DM David McPhee
  27. Beamish says climate science is 'irrefutable'.

    DM David McPhee
  28. Beamish says communities have campaigned against acting as guinea pigs for fracking.

    DM David McPhee
  29. Beamish claims 'concerned that Scottish Gov position wasn't robust enough'.

    DM David McPhee
  30. Beamish says Labour amendment on fracking ban should be included, as should Scottish Green amendment.

    DM David McPhee
  31. Beamish, public ownership model should be looked at and "will drive a renewable energy future."

    DM David McPhee
  32. Mark Ruskell (Greens)"I stand in support of today's motion"," fracking would stick us in reverse"

    DM David McPhee
  33. Ruskell believes in building on the offshore oil and gas skills and tech of the past and putting them into new, renewable energy.

    DM David McPhee
  34. Ruskell: "Clear in 2012 that planning system was failing" in terms of fracking.

    DM David McPhee
  35. Ruskell: "Time to put in place a watertight ban."

    DM David McPhee
  36. Ruskell: Licencing needs to be devolved for offshore energy. "Parliament must demand it."

    DM David McPhee
  37. Ruskell pays tribute to communities and individuals who protested fracking.

    DM David McPhee
  38. Liam McArthur (Lib Dems): "Best way of effecting and immediate ban."

    DM David McPhee
  39. McArthur pays tribute to Claudia Beamish's work on achieving a fracking ban.

    DM David McPhee
  40. "It cannot be said in this instance that fracking is good for environment" says McArthur.

    DM David McPhee
  41. "McArthur (Lib Dems): We know that shale is a high carbon energy source...it's "unwise, unwanted and unnecessary."

    DM David McPhee
  42. McArthur: Fracking would work against global efforts on climate change.

    DM David McPhee
  43. McArthur: "Much work still needs to be don on renewable energy."

    DM David McPhee
  44. McArthur (Lib Dems): "Strong argument for building ban on fracking into national framework, any future government attempting to move away from ban would meet resistance from this parliament"

    DM David McPhee
  45. Angus McDonald (SNP) Falkirk East: "The threat of fracking has been on constituents doorsteps for some time."


    #fracking

    DM David McPhee
  46. Angus McDonald (SNP) Falkirk East: "Government has taken right and necessary steps."

    DM David McPhee
  47. Angus McDonald (SNP) Falkirk East: "UK's rocks harder to drill through, claims Prof Underhill."

    DM David McPhee
  48. Angus McDonald (SNP) Falkirk East: "This debate may be 65 million years too late."

    DM David McPhee
  49. Angus McDonald (SNP) Falkirk East: "If this effective ban is approved we will have certainty. This would be good news for Scotland."

    DM David McPhee
  50. Dean Lockhart (Con) makes economic argument for fracking.

    DM David McPhee
  51. Dean Lockhart (Con): "Scotland's economy registered negative growth in 2016."

    DM David McPhee
  52. Dean Lockhart (Con): By banning fracking "SNP is blocking investment in Scotland."

    DM David McPhee
  53. Dean Lockhart (Con): SNP can't claim environmental causes when it imports shale gas from US.

    DM David McPhee
  54. Dean Lockhart (Con): SNP took populous decision to ban fracking and policies to grab headlines have become hallmark of this government.

    DM David McPhee
  55. Dean Lockhart (Con): "List of SNP policy failures is long."

    DM David McPhee
  56. Christina McKelvie (SNP): Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse: "Murdo Fraser will frack under your house, that's Tory environmental policy."

    DM David McPhee
  57. Christina McKelvie (SNP) Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse: "A nation built with a social contract with it's people is reflective."

    DM David McPhee
  58. Christina McKelvie (SNP) Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse: "People of South Lanarkshire has deep concerns on fracking. "

    DM David McPhee
  59. Christina McKelvie (SNP) Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse: "Public action done in a positive way."

    DM David McPhee
  60. Christina McKelvie (SNP) Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse: "Biggest concern to my constituents were health."

    DM David McPhee
  61. Christina McKelvie (SNP) Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse: "I back my constituents. This is a huge win for us."

    DM David McPhee
  62. Claire Baker (Lab) Mid Scotland and Fife: "The industry was in threat of developing with little scrutiny."

    DM David McPhee
  63. Claire Baker (Lab) Mid Scotland and Fife: "I have concerns over population density where there is issues with water purity."

    DM David McPhee
  64. Claire Baker (Lab) Mid Scotland and Fife: "I agree with the comments made concerning social licence. The argument that the moratorium can be reversed is well made."

    DM David McPhee
  65. Claire Baker (Lab) Mid Scotland and Fife: "Reducing reliance on fossil fuels and moving to renewables is essential for our future."

    DM David McPhee
  66. Claire Baker (Lab) Mid Scotland and Fife is please that shale will play no part in Scotland's future.

    DM David McPhee
  67. 99% of these responses opposed to fracking, Colin Beattie (SNP) Midlothian North.

    DM David McPhee
  68. Colin Beattie (SNP) Midlothian North: "Scotland does not have needless quantities of land to spare."

    DM David McPhee
  69. Colin Beattie (SNP) Midlothian North: People in North of England were victim to man made earthquakes in same week fracking began in their area.

    DM David McPhee
  70. Colin Beattie (SNP) Midlothian North and Mussleburgh: "Fracking has no place in Scotland. Tory's are in favour of pumping chemicals in earth - do they honestly believe good long term investment?"

    DM David McPhee
  71. Colin Beattie (SNP) Midlothian North: "Fracking itself is a terrible investment. It is not a continuous resource."

    DM David McPhee
  72. Colin Beattie (SNP) Midlothian North: US companies were actually losing money to drill fracking wells.

    DM David McPhee
  73. Colin Beattie (SNP) Midlothian North: Chevron terminated projects in 2015, with many wells having no viability.

    DM David McPhee
  74. Colin Beattie (SNP) Midlothian North: "Fracking would spread like a virus" in Scotland.

    DM David McPhee
  75. Jamie Greene (Con): "This decision has diminished Scotland's position as scientific leader."

    DM David McPhee
  76. Jamie Greene (Con): "I haven't made any substantive evidence from [Wheelhouse] as to how he came to his decision."

    DM David McPhee
  77. Jamie Greene (Con): "I'm still yet to hear as to why unconventional gas is safe or not?"

    DM David McPhee
  78. Jamie Greene (Con): "SNP seems happy for shale to be drilled elsewhere."

    DM David McPhee
  79. Jamie Greene (Con): "England set to receive £33bn investment in shale over next 10 years."

    DM David McPhee
  80. Jamie Greene (Con): "Government's antipathy towards UOG is ideological and nothing more."

    DM David McPhee
  81. Jamie Greene (Con): "Nothing more than political decision."

    DM David McPhee
  82. Ash Denham (SNP) Edinburgh East: "Industry propped up in the short term while damaging our environment in the short term."

    DM David McPhee
  83. Ash Denham (SNP) Edinburgh East: "We are seeking renewable forms of energy."

    DM David McPhee
  84. Ash Denham (SNP) Edinburgh East: To invest in fracking "Not renaissance, but madness."

    DM David McPhee
  85. Ash Denham (SNP) Edinburgh East: "There will be no fracking in Scotland. All parties except Tories in favour of this action."

    DM David McPhee
  86. Ash Denham (SNP) Edinburgh East: "Today we act in the best interest of Scots."

    DM David McPhee
  87. Neil Findlay (Lab) Lothian: "I've opposed fracking from the outset. First in a long line of speculators."

    DM David McPhee
  88. Neil Findlay (Lab) Lothian: INEOS have the most to gain.

    DM David McPhee
  89. Neil Findlay (Lab) Lothian: Fracking water contamination "gas very serious concerns."

    DM David McPhee
  90. Neil Findlay (Lab) Lothian: "I don't want to see a single community here affected, but I also don't want to see any town in America affected."

    DM David McPhee
  91. Neil Findlay (Lab) Lothian: "How many times have we debated [fracking] in here and how often have we had radio silence from SNP backbenchers."

    DM David McPhee
  92. Graeme Dey (SNP) Angus South: "Decision I warmly welcome. 40% growth of atmospheric methane can be attributed to oil and gas activities."

    DM David McPhee
  93. Graeme Dey (SNP) Angus South: KPMG conclude numbers , not insignificant.

    DM David McPhee
  94. Graeme Dey (SNP) Angus South: "Why jeopardise natural environment, supports 60,000 direct jobs in Scotland."

    DM David McPhee
  95. Graeme Dey (SNP) Angus South: "We don't need to frack."

    DM David McPhee
  96. Brian Whittle (Con) South Scotland: "Fracking not a new or unconventional method."

    DM David McPhee
  97. Brian Whittle (Con) South Scotland: "Even among scientists there is agreement for successful fracking procedures."

    DM David McPhee
  98. Brian Whittle (Con) South Scotland: "No form of energy is risk free."


    DM David McPhee
  99. Brian Whittle (Con) South Scotland: "Scottish Government seeks to slam the door shut."

    DM David McPhee
  100. Brian Whittle (Con) South Scotland: "We cannot meet grand ambitions in a giant leap. I'd like to see more research into hydrogen fuel tech."

    DM David McPhee
  101. Brian Whittle (Con) South Scotland: "Science is about embracing doubt to the possibility that you may be wrong."

    DM David McPhee
  102. Ben MacPherson (SNP) Edinburgh N and Leith: "Victory for campaigners and public health. A victory based on evidence."

    DM David McPhee
  103. Ben Macpherson (SNP) Edinburgh N and Leith: Tory support for fracking "another example of their economic policy."

    DM David McPhee
  104. Ben Macpherson (SNP) Edinburgh N and Leith: "We need to support renewable energy sector. Tories disrupting with contract for difference."

    DM David McPhee
  105. Ben Macpherson (SNP) Edinburgh N and Leith: "This decision, I hope Parliament will take, is a move in favour of the next generation. It will represent the democratic will as expressed in the 60,000 consultations that were made."

    DM David McPhee
  106. Ben Macpherson (SNP) Edinburgh N and Leith: "Let's send a clear message. Please support the motion."

    DM David McPhee
  107. Liam McArthur (Lib Dems) - CLOSING SPEECHES: "The focus of much of the debate was environmental and economic. Tories appeared to be in support of fracking before scientific evidence was gathered. Renewable energy has to be the direction."

    DM David McPhee
  108. Liam McArthur (Lib Dems) - CLOSING SPEECHES: "If fracking is the fag end of the economy then it's time to quit."

    DM David McPhee
  109. Alison Johnstone (Green) Lothian - CLOSING SPEECHES: "I warmly welcome the fact that four out of five parties are in favour of ban. Greens have always recognised risks posed by fracking. We've been on the front line with central Scottish communities who have been most affected."

    DM David McPhee
  110. Alison Johnstone (Green) Lothian - CLOSING SPEECHES: "Green amendment will use full use of powers available to us."

    DM David McPhee
  111. Jackie Baillie (Lab) Dumbarton - CLOSING SPEECHES: "Renewables are an increasing and welcome part of our energy mix."

    DM David McPhee
  112. Jackie Baillie (Lab) Dumbarton - CLOSING SPEECHES: Claims made about fracking were far greater than reality.

    DM David McPhee
  113. Jackie Baillie (Lab) Dumbarton - CLOSING SPEECHES: Labour politician makes economic and environmental argument against fracking.

    DM David McPhee
  114. Jackie Baillie (Lab) Dumbarton - CLOSING SPEECHES:"This should be an evidence based parliament, but it should also take in other considerations."

    DM David McPhee
  115. Alexander Burrnett (Con) Aberdeenshire West: "SNP dithered on fracking. Missed out on goldrush of our times."

    DM David McPhee
  116. Alexander Burrnett (Con) Aberdeenshire West - CLOSING SPEECH: "Huge lack of understanding about industry that produces the items we use in our everyday lives."

    DM David McPhee
  117. Alexander Burrnett (Con) Aberdeenshire West - CLOSING SPEECH: "Denying Scotland the security of its own supply. Consequences of this decision will be costly."

    DM David McPhee
  118. Alexander Burrnett (Con) Aberdeenshire West - CLOSING SPEECH: "The SNP don't care for facts."

    DM David McPhee
  119. Alexander Burrnett (Con) Aberdeenshire West - CLOSING SPEECH: "This is letting Scotland down. Denying progress."

    DM David McPhee
  120. Paul Wheelhouse (SNP) Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy: "We recognise that this is a highly complex issue."

    DM David McPhee
  121. Paul Wheelhouse (SNP) Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy: "A decision in Scotland does not exist in isolation."

    DM David McPhee
  122. Paul Wheelhouse (SNP) Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy: "Oil and Gas industry is important to support. Oil and Gas industry can play positive role."

    DM David McPhee
  123. Paul Wheelhouse (SNP) Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy: "Achieving our energy initiative is also toward our aim to alleviate fuel poverty."

    DM David McPhee
  124. Patrick Harvey (Green): Existing fossil fuel reserves will have to be left in the ground.

    DM David McPhee
  125. Paul Wheelhouse (SNP) Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy pays tribute to Claudia Beamish of Labour: "I want to thank her for her courtesy and hard work."

    DM David McPhee
  126. Paul Wheelhouse (SNP) Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy: Tories have cherry picked figures.

    DM David McPhee
  127. Concludes debate.

    DM David McPhee