– Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats
"Our environment and our economy have been scarred by the Scottish Government's failures on open-cast mining. We need assurances that lessons have been learnt.
"But more importantly, we need confidence that these failings will not be repeated. The unrestored mines have left local communities environmentally bankrupt.
"Taxpayers may also face the unacceptable burden of meeting the multimillion-pound hole in restoration costs.''
– Fergus Ewing, Energy Minister for Scotland
"The Scottish Government will shortly hold a consultation on more effective regulation.
"More effective regulation is the principal way of improving confidence in the sector and it will keep onside the insurers and banks that underwrite risks on opencast mining.
"Asking the right questions about policy and practice, about site surveys and restoration guarantees will pave a way forward so that future sites are run to the best of standards and progressively and appropriately restored."