Happy 2017 everyone. No UCG has taken place in Scotland ever, but fracking still poses an enormous threat to the well-being of all Scotland’s people.
On the 4th of November 2016 Claudia Beamish, a Member of the Scottish Parliament, proposed a member’s bill to ban onshore fracking in Scotland.
Our Forth members attended a public meeting to discuss the proposal at the Portobello Baptist Church on the 16th of January 2017.
The meeting began with an overview of the proposal by Claudia, and her emphasis on how fracking undermines global concerns over the contentious issue of climate change.
At the end of the discussion Claudia was presented with Friends of the Earth Scotland’s Fuelling the Fire documentary report on the dangers of underground coal gasification. That’s the report in the photograph accompanying this news piece. This comprehensive document vindicates all the work done by the people of the Forth region in their campaign to prevent the destruction of this beautiful estuary. The Scottish Government has banned UCG into the foreseeable future, but is currently engaged in a consultation process to determine whether fracking should be banned too.
Our Forth played an important role in stopping underground coal gasification in Scotland, and now our aim is to play just as important a role in preventing fracking in Scotland.
We urge everyone to join us and prevent damage to our land water and air.