SNP Falkirk councillor sets up anti fracking pressure group

A Falkirk councillor has become a founding member of an anti-fracking pressure group created by the SNP’s grassroots.

Steven Carleschi, who represents Carse, Kinnaird and Tryst, is one of seven founders of SNP Members Against Unconventional Oil and Gas (SMAUG) which is made up of representatives from across Scotland’s branches.

The group was created following an activist meeting in Leith at the weekend when concern was raised about the climate and health risk posed by the extraction of unconventional oil and gas reserves.

This week, Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES) welcomed the move.

Flick Monk, unconventional gas campaigner at FoES said: “It’s clear local communities do not want their health and environment damaged by energy companies aiming to extract gas at any cost.”

Scottish Labour’s Sarah Boyack said: “The SNP’s attempt to face both ways on fracking has now led to their own members demanding they clarify their stance.”