JUNE 16, 2016 - A REPORTER recently asked Gil Paterson MSP to clarify the reason he abstained from a vote on fracking earlier this month.
Gil does not support fracking and abstained from the non-binding vote because he supports the Scottish Government taking time to gather its evidence to prevent a legal challenge from energy corporations. They would likely take the government to court should they barge ahead with a fracking ban without taking time and effort to support a ban.
Gil believes the evidence will show fracking to be a danger to people's health, properties and the environment.
Gil Paterson MSP: “I am completely opposed to fracking. I personally believe the damage it could do to public health and the environment is enormous.
“However, I support the Scottish Government taking a cautious, considered and evidence-based approach to fracking.
“By gathering robust evidence on the health and environmental impacts I believe we will have a solid case to stopping it.
“While there is a vast amount of evidence out there on fracking, the Scottish Government still has to carry out its own in order to avoid being dragged into a legal battle with powerful energy companies.
"We have to be patient and plan for the long-term and take a tactful approach against the profiteering energy giants."
Gil had been asked why he criticised Gemma Doyle for abstaining on a fracking vote in December 2014.
He replied: "I criticised Gemma Doyle because she abstained from giving Scotland the powers to fully ban fracking.
"Right now, we control planning but not licensing and only through full powers under devolution or being independent would we be able to completely ban it."