Revealed: Scottish ministers’ meetings with fracking firm who ships LNG from US

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Revealed: Scottish ministers’ meetings with fracking firm

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Senior Scottish ministers have held private meetings with the fracking firm Ineos and Grangemouth executives from China five times in 13 months, The Ferret can reveal.

Briefings released by the Scottish Government under freedom of information law show that in 2016 the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met Ineos boss Jim Ratcliffe and Chinese businessmen who are involved in helping to run the Grangemouth refinery.

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Scotland: Passing Ban, No Fracking

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The Scottish Parliament on Wednesday narrowly passed a motion in support of an outright fracking ban, setting up a potential showdown over the controversial fossil fuels extraction method.

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Wales to get power to ban fracking and lower voting age to 16

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Wales to get power to ban fracking and lower voting age to 16
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/feb/27/wales-get-power-ban-fracking-lower-voting-age-16

Devolution package was promised after Scottish independence referendum last year, but concessions may not mollify Welsh government or Plaid Cymru

The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay
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Potentially gas-rich Leitrim lead fracking opposition

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Potentially gas-rich Leitrim lead fracking opposition
http://utv.ie/News/2015/02/10/Potentially-gas-rich-Leitrim-lead-fracking-opposition-31114

With Wales and Scotland voting in favour of a moratorium on the practice of fracking, residents of Leitrim have signalled their intention to stop the gas extraction method from coming to Ireland.

10/02/2015: Leitrim councillors vote against fracking. Significant opposition to the gas extraction method

All of Leitrim’s county councillors have voted against using fracking as a means to extract gas. ©UTV Ireland

Several counties including Clare, Cavan, Sligo, Roscommon, Leitrim and Fermanagh have been identified as possible places where gas might be found.

 Leitrim is regarded as one of the most promising locations for fracking, and the county’s geology could mean big reserves of shale gas in the region.

But residents of Leitrim are also leading the fight against the gas extraction process in Ireland.

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How moratorium in Scotland will take effect and what it means for existing projects

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Here’s some more detail on yesterday’s announcement.
Official Report of Fergus Ewing’s statement yesterday: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28862.aspx?r=9751&i=89333&c=1793006

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SCOTTISH HOMEOWNERS RETAIN RIGHT TO SAY NO TO FRACKING

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Today we had an important surprise victory in the fight against fracking when the UK Government announced that Scotland will be exempt from its outrageous plans to remove people’s rights to say no to fracking underneath their homes. Continue reading

Open Letter to the Scottish Government

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Open Letter to the Scottish Government

We, an alliance of groups from Scottish communities directly or indirectly at risk from the unconventional gas extraction industry, have come together to call on the Scottish Government to follow the example of other countries by implementing a moratorium on all forms of unconventional gas development in Scotland. The Scottish Government has the power to insist on a moratorium and can demonstrate its commitment by taking the responsible decision on the Falkirk public inquiry, to refuse permission to Dart Energy for commercial coalbed methane extraction. Continue reading

SCOTLAND – Ineos to invest £640m in UK shale gas exploration + MAP

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Grangemouth Ineos has made no secret of its interest in shale gas
Chemicals giant Ineos has announced plans to invest up to £640m in shale gas exploration in the UK.

The company plans to use the gas as a raw material for its chemicals plants, including Grangemouth in Stirlingshire. Continue reading