Ineos fracking demo to be held in Grangemouth

An anti-fracking demonstration is scheduled to take place at Ineos Grangemouth
An anti-fracking demonstration is scheduled to take place at Ineos Grangemouth

Scores of concerned residents will gather on the doorstep of Ineos Grangemouth to drive home their anti-fracking point this weekend.

Falkirk Against Fracking has organised a peaceful protest at the Scottish headquarters of the petrochemical giant on Sunday at 2 p.m. and Ineos stated this week it was “disappointed” by the action, which follows last month’s announcement by Ineos of a £640 million investment into the search for sources of unconventional shale gas.

Police Scotland are reportedly drafting in officers from Glasgow to help police the protest.

Superintendent Kenneth MacLeod said: “Police Scotland will provide a proportionate and appropriate response to any demonstration.”

According to Falkirk Against Fracking, community groups across Scotland have been holding meetings over health and environmental fears surrounding the process known as fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, which is used to free up underground shale gas.

Last month Ineos owner Jim Ratcliffe stated his desire for Ineos to be the biggest player in the UK shale gas industry.

Ineos is so confident its new investment will pay off it is guaranteeing to give local communities six per cent of any revenues generated, a move which could equate to £375 million.

Protest organiser Moira Williams said: “This peaceful protest will provide an opportunity for concerned communities from across the country to come together and make it clear to Jim Ratcliffe we won’t sell our children’s future health for 30 pieces of silver.

“We will make every effort to ensure the Scottish government uses every planning law at its disposal to stop it.”

Gary Haywood, CEO Ineos Upstream, said: “We are disappointed our Grangemouth operations are to be used as the backdrop for the protest. However, we acknowledge and respect the right to peaceful protest.

“Hopefully, over time, as we enter into the consultation process and as we engage with the local community, we will be able to demonstrate to all interested parties that extracting onshore shale gas can be carried out safely and that indigenous shale gas will provide benefits that will transform local communities as well as the local and national economy.”