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Fracking in Canonbie put on hold

Campaigners in Canonbie have welcomed the news that fracking will will be put on hold in Scotland until a full inquiry is carried out.

The Scottish Government says local communities must be consulted about the impact of any controversial drilling techniques.

In Canonbie there were plans to extract unconventional gas at twenty sites around the village, but Scotland's environment agency has been told not to grant any licences.

Environmentalists have welcomed the move but say there should be an outright ban.

The Conservatives think blocking fracking will damage Scotland's economy.

The printer powered by peddling pupils.

A pupil cycling to power the printer Credit: ITV Border

A school in Southern Scotland has come up with a novel way of saving energy while teaching pupils about the environment.

St.Michael's in Dumfries has started using a bike to power one of their printers.

The school hopes it will help its pupils, who take turn cycling, learn how much energy is needed to power a single piece of technology.

Campaign against Wigtown Bay wind farm

A graphic representation of what turbines at Wigtown Bay would look like Credit: Save Wigtown Bay

Local residents of Scotland's official Book Town have raised concerns over a wind farm development proposal.

The plan for seven turbines on the hills overlooking Wigtown Bay has come under criticism as it's within Britain's largest local nature reserve.

"It's not just local folks saying, we have a pretty part of the world and we are going to protect it.

This is an inspiration to artists , writers, film makers, from literally all over the world and we are trying to protect that from being desecrated by from what would become an industrial site."

– Hamish Wilson, Save Wigtown Bay
The current view of Wigtown Bay Credit: ITV Border

The company who want to build the turbines say they've done everything possible to ensure the landscape can accommodate the turbines.

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First Milk accused of 'letting a lot of people down'

First Milk has been accused of 'letting a lot of people down'.

The cooperative, which delayed payments to producers, was among organisations questioned at Holyrood today as MSPs begin an inquiry into the drop in milk prices.

Among those giving evidence was dairy farmer Kenneth Campbell, who is confident the industry in Dumfries and Galloway will survive.

Careers day with a difference

The pupils each have ten minutes to grill the professionals Credit: ITV Border

A local school has held a careers day with a bit of a difference in an effort to make it more fun for those involved.

St.Benedict's School in Whitehaven has set up a classroom full of professionals and given each of its Year 9 pupils ten minutes to grill them on their job.

The structure is similar to that of speed dating.

The school hopes that it will open up the pupils to the possibility of careers that they may never have considered.

Local MP calls for decision over Lake District National Park boundaries

Lake District National Park Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Local MP Tim Farron has called for a decision regarding proposals to extend the boundaries of some national parks, including the Lake District National Park.

The proposals were first set out by Natural England in 2011 in a bid to increase the areas that can be conserved.

However, some residents and business say that if passed, the proposals would mean much tighter planning regulations.

Last year, a public inquiry was held after five councils, including Cumbria and Eden District , opposed the changes.

Mr Farron says the current uncertainty over the plans is worse than either outcome and has called for a decision to be made.

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