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Scottish Government announces fracking ban

"Fracking cannot, and will not take place in Scotland" Credit: PA

The Scottish Government has announced a ban on fracking.

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse confirmed the government will outlaw the controversial gas extraction technique in Scotland.

A moratorium on the practice has been in place since January 2015 and the government's decision follows extensive consideration of reports on its potential impact.

Mr Wheelhouse said: "Fracking cannot, and will not take place in Scotland."

A public consultation on the issue received more than 60,000 responses, 99% of which were opposed to fracking.

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Sixty campaigners in anti-fracking protest

Around sixty anti-fracking campaigners have protested in Carlisle against plans to extract shale gas in our region.

They claim the process can cause environmental damage. Others argue it would bring millions of pounds into the local economy. North Cumbria and parts of southern Scotland have been identified as areas rich in shale gas.

Around 60 people attend anti-fracking event Credit: ITV Border
Campaigners gathered in the city to protest at plans to extract shale gas Credit: ITV Border

Anti-fracking demonstration in Carlisle

A demonstration is due to take place today in the centre of Carlisle by people opposed to fracking.

The protest is one of 32 demonstrations being held in towns and cities across the UK.

The event in Carlisle is due to happen at 2pm and will start by the bandstand in the centre of the city.

North Cumbria and parts of southern Scotland have been identified as possible sites where fracking could be used to extract large deposits of shale gas.

The controversial method of removing shale gas involves drilling down into the earth and using a high-pressure mixture of water and sand to release gas trapped in rocks.

Supporters say it could be worth hundreds millions of pounds to the UK economy but those who are opposed to it insist it will cause environmental damage.

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.

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Fracking 'highly unlikely' in the Lake District

The government has announced today that fracking is highly unlikely ever to be allowed in the Lake District.

The news has been welcomed by groups including Friends of the Lake District who say it will bring clarity to planning laws.

Fracking is the controversial method used to extract underground shale gas. The government has now opened the bidding process for new licences in areas where fracking will be allowed.