Community groups bid to halt fracking plans

Potential shale fracking in the central belt
Potential shale fracking in the central belt

Worried protestors are 
organising a public meeting and a petition to stop fracking in its tracks, before any planning application has been lodged.

Wide areas of the central belt, including Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs, have been earmarked as being potential fracking sites.

Fracking is a controversial mining technique involving forcing huge volumes of 
water underground to release oil or gas.

But worried campaigners say no-one can predict where that water will go and the 
damage it might do.

Dominic Notorangelo, chairman of Bishopriggs Community Council, said: ‘‘This is potentially a huge problem.’’

Last week the community council agreed to organise a public meeting, date to be decided, and a petition, and will be contacting other community councils in East Dunbartonshire area to work together. Campaign groups have also been set up in Kirkintilloch and Lennoxtown.

Bishopbriggs Community Council wants East Dunbartonshire Council to include a clear policy on fracking within its Local Development Plan, which is currently being written, as well as an interim policy.

Mr Notorangelo urged local residents not to ignore the issue and think it doesn’t impact on them.

He added: ‘‘It’s too unpredictable, too uncontrollable, too potentially damaging. Do we really want to be digging up under where people live and work?’’

He added:‘‘People should come to our public meeting, sign our petition and write to their MP, MSP and councillors.’’