Revealed: Scottish ministers’ meetings with fracking firm
“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.
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.
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.
Here’s some more detail on yesterday’s announcement.
The bit that outlines how the moratorium will take effect: Continue reading
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
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
20 November 2014 Last updated at 12:21 GMT
Ineos has made no secret of its interest in shale gas
The company plans to use the gas as a raw material for its chemicals plants, including Grangemouth in Stirlingshire. Continue reading