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  • Fracking has been hailed by some as a revolution in energy resources, but has been met by widespread criticism from environmentalists.

    Fracking has been hailed by some as a revolution in energy resources, but has been met by widespread criticism from environmentalists. | Photo: AFP

Published 15 January 2015

The Scottish parliament will not pay the consequences of the decision by British legislators to facilitate fracking in their territory – a method of gas extraction strongly criticized by environmentalists.

The British government agreed to exclude Scotland from the 'fracking' legislation that will enable gas extraction.

Energy minister of the shadow cabinet and representative Tom Greatrex (Labor) had first proposed to amend the text so the control of fracking would be delegated to the Scottish parliament immediately. This was rejected, though the UK government allowed Scotland to remain excluded from the legislation.

The return of this control was part of one of the main propsals by the Smith Commission, set up by Prime Minister David Cameron after the referendum over Scottish independence on Sept.18.

See more: UK's Top Scientist Warns about Problems of Fracking

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