A legal challenge to the Scottish Government’s ban on fracking was due to get under way today.
Petrochemical giant Ineos and Aberdeen firm ReachCSG are taking Scottish ministers to court over their decision to convert a moratorium on the controversial gas extraction technique into an indefinite ban.
Grangemouth owner Ineos is seeking a judicial review of the “unlawful” ban, arguing there were “very serious errors” in the decision-making process.
The Scottish Government previously said it made the move in light of “overwhelming” public opposition to fracking.
Four days have been set aside for the case to be heard at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
A moratorium on the technique had been in place in Scotland since 2015 and in October last year Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse announced that planning regulations would be used to “effectively ban” it by extending the moratorium “indefinitely”.