Campaign to fight off fracking continues

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An anti-fracking group for Bearsden and Milngavie is backing a fellow pressure group in Bishopbriggs as they attempt to gather support.

‘Don’t Frack The Briggs’ wants all anti-fracking groups throughout East Dunbartonshire to come together at a meeting on Wednesday, February 11, to step up the fight against the controversial drilling technique for shale oil and gas.

The meeting takes place in Bishopbriggs Library from 6pm-7pm.

Donald Macdonald, of the Bishopbriggs group, said: “We want to bring as many people together as possible.

“Fracking is a huge environmental threat to the greenbelt in East Dunbartonshire and we must do everything we can to prevent it from happening.”

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

Debra Torrance from ‘Frack off Bear’, said: “If one area of East Dunbartonshire is under threat from fracking this means the whole constituency could suffer. We stand by our friends in Don’t Frack the Briggs and hope to learn from their experiences of holding meetings and film festivals. The UK government has agreed to exclude Scotland from laws which would have meant householders could not object to fracking under their homes.

“But these proposals from the Smith Commission for devolved powers do not include historical shale gas licenses and the current central Scotland licence in the East Dunbartonshire area we are so concerned about.

“Frack Off Bear wants transparency and clarity of all plans in the area. We are committed to holding a public meeting in the future, to inform locals about fracking plans. We support Don’t Frack the Briggs in all their endeavours and we are happy to be part of the wider group East Dunbartonshire Against Unconventional Gas Extraction.”

Donald added: “The community council in Bishopbriggs has written several letters to the council to get them to clarify their position.

“Some applications are just rubber-stamped automatically and we want to make sure they know how concerned people are about this happening in the area.”

Don’t Frack the Briggs is also holding a social night with educational videos on fracking being screened and refreshments in Bishopbriggs Academy on Wednesday, January 28, at 7pm.

Donald said: “We’d encourage people to come and learn more about fracking. It’s also a great opportunity to network.”