Concerns over fracking threat

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 parts of East Dunbartonshire, have been earmarked as 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.

Milngavie Community Council (MCC) has also already put this subject on their agenda for their meeting next week. They hope that an East Dunbartonshire Council officer will be there to answer any questions.

They want 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.

Callum Christie chair of MCC, said: “We specifically mentioned our opposition to fracking in our response to the proposed Local Development Plan and we will push for this stance to be included as policy in the LDP.

“MCC shares residents’ concerns over the viability of fracking when measured against potential risks such as pollution of water tables and de-stabalising of adjacent private property.”

Members of Bearsden West Community Council were also expected to discuss the issue at their meeting on Wednesday this week. Robert Paterson, secretary of BWCC, said: “This is a serious environmental issue that may impact in areas other than Bishopbriggs and Kirkintilloch.”

Dominic Notorangelo, chairman of Bishopriggs Community Council, also believes this is potentially a huge problem.

They are going to organise a public meeting, date to be decided, and a petition, and will be contacting other community councils to work together. Mr Notorangelo urged local residents not to ignore the issue and think it doesn’t impact on them.

He added: “It’s too unpredictable, uncontrollable and potentially damaging. Do we really want to be digging up under where people live and work? People should come to our public meeting, sign our petition and write to their MP, MSP and councillors.”