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    Scottish National Party urges the UK Labour Party to clear up its stance on fracking.

    EDINBURGH, January 13 (Sputnik), Mark Hirst – The UK Labour Party should clarify its position on the issue of fracking, as the Conservative Party plans to allow shale gas companies to carry out fracking operations on land beneath private property, Scottish National Party energy spokesperson Mike Weir told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    "Labour need to be clear on their position on fracking, particularly the rights householders have over fracking under their homes," Weir, a member of the Scottish Parliament, said in a statement to Sputnik.

    Last month, as members of parliament debated the UK Infrastructure Bill, Labour's Shadow Transport Minister Richard Burden told the House of Commons that his party, "in principle do not oppose the reforms to underground access."

    Weir also said that the Infrastructure Bill sought to give frackers the right to operate on land beneath private property without its owner's consent and overturned the right to settle the matter in court in the event of a disagreement.


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