Scottish ministers have rejected calls for a watertight legal ban on fracking, promising instead that they would use planning policy to block the technology indefinitely.
Scottish ministers have come under fire after extending a licence for the Grangemouth petrochemical giant, Ineos, to frack for shale gas in the central belt.
The Scottish Government has extended a licence for fracking across the central belt by the Grangemouth company, Ineos - but insisted it is still opposed to fracking.
The Scottish Government is set to announce a ban on fracking, ending six years of fierce controversy.
The Grangemouth petrochemical company is pressing ahead with fracking plans despite the Scottish Government's moratorium.