Falkirk environmental groups want fracking and gas plans put on hold

Community groups are calling for a halt on fracking
Community groups are calling for a halt on fracking

Community groups in Falkirk have teamed up with activists across the country to call for a halt to new gas developments.

The new alliance, which includes Concerned Communities of Falkirk, has sent an open letter to the Scottish Government urging a moratorium on the controversial fracking process and on all unconventional gas extraction developments.

This includes Cluff Natural Resources proposal for an underground coal gasification plant in the Firth of Forth and the Dart Energy application to extract coalbed methane from land near Airth which is currently before Scottish ministers awaiting a decision.

A group spokesman said: “The Scottish Government has the power to insist on a moratorium and can demonstrate its commitment by taking the responsible decision on the Falkirk public inquiry and refuse permission to Dart Energy for commercial coalbed methane extraction.

“Every week, evidence is mounting that risks to public health, workers and the environment associated with this necessarily intensive industry are inherent and impossible to regulate away.

“The population density of the central belt, and its highly faulted and mined geological context, further exacerbate potential impacts.”

The alliance’s letter follows an emergency motion from Tryst SNP Group tabled at the SNP annual conference which also calls for a moratorium on fracking and unconventional gas extraction in Scotland and urges no fracking action take place until more evidence on the potential environmental impact is available.

Branch convenor, Councillor Steven Carleschi said: “This motion highlights the concerns of residents. There is already widespread concern in Scotland regarding fracking and people need to be given their chance to take part in a proper informed debate on the possible consequences of going ahead with this form of energy production.”

Visit www.snp-tryst.org for more information.

A meeting to discuss the impact of possible fracking and unconvential gas extraction schemes in the Falkirk district will take place in Denny Baptist Church on Monday at 7 p.m.