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Scottish Government Declares Fracking Moratorium; U.K. Decides Fracking Can Proceed

Mealey's (June 17, 2015, 4:52 PM EDT) -- EDINBURGH, Scotland — Scotland’s energy minister on Jan. 28 announced that there will be a nationwide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing pending further research into fracking’s impact on public health, according to a press release on the government’s website.

The decision came the day after the U.K. Parliament decided against implementing a moratorium on fracking.

Energy Minister

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said the Scottish government will:

• Undertake a full public consultation on unconventional oil and gas extraction.

• Commission a full public health impact assessment....
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