Politicians, professors, protestors and people directly affected by fracking process plans will gather in Grangemouth next week.
Organised by Falkirk Green Party, the public meeting on fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, takes place in Grangemouth Town Hall from 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28.
Party members referred to the town as the “heartland” of fracking after petrochemical giant Ineos acquired 729 square miles of shale gas exploration licences in and around the area.
Lisa Coverdale, co-convenor of Falkirk Green Party, said: “Fracking threatens so many aspects of our community, including the health of residents, local water supplies, house prices and agriculture with mass industrialisation and pollution.
“We need to keep shale in the ground and pursue a renewable energy policy that will create jobs for the long term, through sustainable development and growth, whilst protecting not just Falkirk’s environment but that of the whole country.
“Fracking is banned in France and Germany and, most recently, New York banned the process in their state due to health and environmental risks. Fracking is not wanted, it’s not needed and it’s not safe.”
Speakers at Wednesday’s event include Scottish Green Party MSP Alison Johnstone, director of the centre for public health at Stirling University Professor Andrew Watterson, Friends of the Earth’s Norman Philip and Concerned Communities of Falkirk members Maria Montinaro and Carol Anderson.