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.