The Scottish government have confirmed an indefinite ban on fracking due to its "long-lasting negative impacts on communities".
Paul Wheelhouse, Scotland's Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, announced the government's support for the ban after a public consultation found that ninety nine per cent of the 60,000 respondents supported a ban.
Scotland is due to join other European countries such as the Netherlands, France and Germany, who have all banned fracking in the last six years.
Although a formal vote amongst MSPs is planned later on in the year, it is expected that the outcome will be fracking-free, seeing as only Conservatives MSPs remain as opposers to the ban.
Wheelhouse said today: "There is no social licence for unconventional oil and gas to be taken forward at this time."