Campaigners plan anti-fracking protest.

FLASHBACK: An anti-fracking protest took place in Grangemouth last year and was attended by people from East Dunbartonshire.
FLASHBACK: An anti-fracking protest took place in Grangemouth last year and was attended by people from East Dunbartonshire.

Campaigners against fracking are calling on people acrross East Dunbartonshire to join them for a public protest later this month.

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 area.

“The company has set up around five consultations in the community, but they are not part of an official government consultation.”

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

Donald said: “We want as many people as possible to turn out in support. Ineos wants 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 our house values tumble. Now is the time to stop them - before they start drilling.”

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

Towards the end of last year, hundreds of opponents of fracking, including many from across East Dunbartonshire, protested outside Ineos’ Grangemouth oil refinery. A protestmeeting was also held in 
Bishopbriggs.

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