Anti-fracking protest as Ineos head to town

07-12-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. GRANGEMOUTH. Ineos headquarters. Falkirk Against Fracking have organised an anti-fracking peaceful protest. Owen McNeil of Don't Frack The Briggs.
07-12-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. GRANGEMOUTH. Ineos headquarters. Falkirk Against Fracking have organised an anti-fracking peaceful protest. Owen McNeil of Don't Frack The Briggs.

Campaigners against fracking are calling on people to join them for a public protest this month when chemical giants Ineos visit the area.

Chemical giants Ineos who plan to invest millions 
of pounds in shale gas 
exploration are due to hold a presentation in Bishopbriggs Academy on Monday, April 27.

Donald Macdonald of the Don’t Frack the Briggs’ group said: “Ineos are coming to Bishopbriggs, so we are 
holding a peaceful protest to let them know we don’t want fracking in the Briggs.

“The company have set up around five consultations to the community but it is not part of an official government consultation.”

The protest against allowing the controversial drilling procedure to take placd locally will run from 6-7pm outside the
 Academy.

Donald said: “We want as many people a possible to turn out in support.

“The fight against Ineos, who want to frack Bishopbriggs, goes on.

“They want to frack around our town to get cheaper gas for themselves - not for local 
people. Their profits will soar while we worry about our 
children and our grandchildren’s health.

“They will declare 
dividends for their shareholders while your house value tumbles. Now is the time to stop them - before they 
start drilling.”

The group also want 
people to lobby their councillors and voice their opposition to East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning department.

Towards the end of last year, hundreds of opponents of fracking, including many from Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch and beyond, protested outside Ineos’ Grangemouth oil refinery.

Hundreds also turned out to protest at a public meeting in 
Bishopbriggs Academy, some from as far afield as Falkirk.Guest speakers included Green MSP Patrick Harvie and Tom Pickering of Ineos.

In November, Thomas Glen, East Dunbartonshire Council’s director of development and regeneration, 
said that the council planned to take residents’ concerns 
into account if any 
planning applications 
were submitted by fracking firms.