Hundreds protest over fracking

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Hundreds of people turned out to protest against
controversial plans for fracking in the area at a heated public meeting last week.

The Don’t Frack the Briggs meeting in Bishopbriggs Academy attracted people from as far afield as Falkirk.

Guest speakers included Green MSP Patrick Harvie who voiced his concern over plans by chemical giants Ineos to invest in shale gas 
exploration.

Also present was Tom Pickering, a director of the Grangemouth-based firm .

The meeting last Wednesday came just a day before his company announced it wanted to invest £640million 
extracting the gas in the UK, including across the central belt from Glasgow to 
Edinburgh.

The meeting was organised by Bishopbriggs Community Council. Community councillor Donald MacDonald said: “There was a huge turnout –the hall was full, well over 300 people were there.

“People are very concerned about fracking in their area. It was easily the best attended public 
meeting for the past decade.

“Patrick Harvie was very well received and gave an impassioned speech.”

A member of Don’t Frack the Briggs said: “Ineos 
managed to raise more questions than we had time for at the public meeting.

“By far, the loudest answer given by their Ineos representative on the night was ‘we have no immediate plans for unconventional gas extraction’.

“Seven hours later, they pledged to plough £640million into the UK Shale gas industry.

“So whilst they promoted community engagement on the issue, they managed to leave out this minute detail.”

Patrick Harvie told the Herald: “The campaign against fracking is getting louder each day, with communities all across Scotland concerned about the environmental and health risks.

“The Scottish Government already has the powers it needs to stop projects going forward.

“The Greens used a debate at parliament to call for a ban on fracking .

“It’s time for the SNP to come down clearly on one side of this debate, and support an outright ban.’’

He added: “It is renewables that will provide the energy and jobs that Scotland 
needs.”