Environmental Protection Scotland1 welcomes today’s statement by the Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse to Parliament continuing indefinitely the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, popularly known as fracking. The exploration of onshore oil and gas would create potential noise nuisance, land contamination, water pollution and air quality issues for local communities. The Minister’s statement gives us reassurances that our environment will be protected. EPS have always supported the drive for renewable energy targets and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and in addition to today’s statement we would encourage the Scottish Government to work towards achieving a cleaner, quieter, healthier and more sustainable environment.
- Environmental Protection Scotland is the continuation of an eminent line of charities with roots stretching back to the 19th Century. We bring together individuals and organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors to discuss and promote ideas, knowledge and solutions to achieve our aim of a cleaner, quieter, healthier and sustainable Scotland. Our objectives include the support and development of the work of Scotland’s environmental regulators and scientists based on sound science, objectivity and best practice.
We are not a campaigning organisation, rather we seek to assist and advise government in the development of effective policy through the voice of our expert advisory groups on air quality, land quality and noise. We work to deliver those topics as a means to protect and improve public health, tackle climate change and address sustainable development.