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Scottish Ministers Proposed Fracking Ban

Tank breather valves are essential for all forms of bioenergy, which may be even more in demand now that fracking has been completely banned by the Scottish Government.

There is currently a moratorium on fracking to obtain gas from the ground in Scotland, which Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse told MSPs should continue indefinitely, on Tuesday afternoon.

The announcement follows a consultation on the issue in January this year, which showed a 99 per cent opposition from people in Scotland.

Shale gas is currently used in Scotland however, though it has been imported from other areas. This is currently processes by Ineos which . Ineos owns a large petrochemical processing plant in Grangemouth which process shale gas and launched a consultation hoping to obtain support for fracking in Scotland.

There are however believed to be significant reserves of shale gas under Scotland and England, each with 80 and 130 million cubic metres respectively.


A British Geological Survey report published in 2014, showed there were "modest" shale reserves under east Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, West Lothian, Midlothian, north Edinburgh, East Lothian and Fife.

Only the Conservatives are now opposed to the fracking ban, and the Government may face a legal action from Ineos to recoup the £50m its says it has invested during the fracking moratorium.

Scotland also has a very successful offshore wind sector, which is now the second biggest in the world.