Group set up to fight fracking

East Dunbartonshire Green Party organiser, Ross Greer, campaigner Ron Mackay and Strathkelvin SSP organiser, Willie Telfer.

East Dunbartonshire Green Party organiser, Ross Greer, campaigner Ron Mackay and Strathkelvin SSP organiser, Willie Telfer.

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A new group has been set up for people in Milngavie and Bearsden to fight controversial plans for fracking in the area.

Neil Scott, organiser of the East Dunbartonshire (Campsie branch) Scottish Socialist Party, which helped to set up this new group, said: “It is emerging there is great opposition locally to any future plans to frack in the area.

“We are happy to have been invited by local activists to be part of the formation of the local Bearsden and Milngavie ‘Frack Off’ group, as we believe this is an issue on which people from all parties, including our partners in the Yes campaign, The Scottish Greens and the Scottish National Party, can work closely together on.

“The Scottish Socialist Party are opposed to unconventional gas extraction and we will work within the community, and with all political parties opposed to the spoiling of our area for corporate greed. Any politician supporting this will pay a heavy price at all forthcoming elections.

“We welcome the setting up of “Frack Off” anti-fracking groups across East Dunbartonshire that will work together as part of the wider, national campaign.

“Although the Westminster Tory/Liberal Democrat coalition claims to be the greenest government in history, like all of their pledges and claims, this has to be heard by a cynical ear as funding and governmental help has benefitted the energy companies wanting to turn a quick profit, rather than those wanting to develop energy solutions that have little or no negative environmental impact on East Dunbartonshire, Scotland and indeed the world.

“Evidence coming to light in countries such as the USA and Australia is very worrying, and these fracking companies and their Westminster Parliament shareholders seem to care more for their pockets rather than the safety of ordinary people.

‘‘The local and national SSP will endeavour to support the anti-fracking campaign and support clean energy alternatives.”

Another member of the group, Debra Torrance, from Milngavie, said: “There was a very successful meeting in Bishopbriggs recently when an Ineos director spoke.

“He flippantly talked about financial incentives for the community. As though it’s not important, we will be compensated.

“I think we can work towards emulating the Bishopbriggs meeting for the folk here in Milngavie and Bearsden.

“And as our Twitter ended up being @FrackOffBear I feel we already have a mascot, an angry bear.”