I am glad that you have backed Scottish Labour by cancelling plans for a female mega-prison in Inverclyde. I would urge you to now also back my calls for you to use your existing powers to halt fracking in Scotland.
I want Scotland to go further than elsewhere in the UK on fracking. Ultimately the Scottish Government has the final say over any fracking that takes place in Scotland, through the planning process. Scottish Government ministers already have the power to stop fracking now.
In light of this, I’d be grateful if you will confirm that your government will use planning laws to ensure no fracking takes place in Scotland without approval from the community affected through a local referendum.
Scottish Labour have set out a triple lock system to stop fracking in Scotland:
1) No fracking should take place in any community in Scotland without a local referendum;
2) No fracking should take place in Scotland until lessons are learned from elsewhere in the UK first;
3) No fracking should take place in Scotland until there is a comprehensive review of baseline conditions.
The people of Scotland deserve to know the position of their government on this important issue.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours for Scotland,
Jim Murphy MP
Scottish Labour Leader