MSP accuses MP of backing bill to give fracking companies the green light

Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson has criticised MP Jo Swinson for failing to block the UK Government’s plans to allow fracking companies to drill under people’s homes.

At the infrastructure debate in the House of Commons, Ms Swinson and the Lib Dems voted with the Tories to allow the controversial practice to go ahead.

Mr Paterson said: “I am appalled that Ms Swinson appears to know so little about the consequences of fracking.

“It carries well-documented health risks and could affect house prices.

“Many states in America have now banned the practice.

“Once again we see our MP put the interests of big business and private companies against the health and well-being of her constituents.”

MP Jo Swinson said: “I voted for the Infrastructure Bill to go forward for detailed scrutiny. It creates a right for individuals to buy a stake in local renewable energy schemes. With our high production of renewable energy in Scotland, I’d have thought that Gil Paterson would welcome this positive initiative.

“I understand the concerns about fracking and I believe that strong safeguards should be put in place - as with all types of energy generation – to address specific risks.”

There are currently no proposals for fracking anywhere in East Dunbartonshire and it cannot take place without planning permission.”