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‘Briggs protesters tell Ineos to frack off

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Protesters mount demonstration opposing fracking in Bishopbriggs

Anti-fracking campaigners have mounted a protest outside a public meeting held by energy giant Ineos over plans to use the controversial method to extract gas in Bishopbriggs.

Ineos hold a licence to frack an area of 127 square miles which takes in the town and its surrounding areas.

Campaign group Don't Frack the 'Briggs sang songs, made speeches and held placards aloft as the meeting took place in Bishopbriggs Academy.

Donald McDonald, head of the group, said: "This isn't just about Bishopbriggs, it's about what could happen throughout Scotland.

"Ineos say that they will give a percentage of their profits to the local communities but at the end of the day, it's one thing getting a new sports hall or community centre but what about 10 or 15 years down the line when people can't get insurance for their homes and their children have health problems.

"We want a ban on fracking right across Scotland.

"This campaign is trying to influence the government, it's about the Scottish elections next year because it's the Scottish government who will decide on the future of fracking.

"We want them to take the moratorium on fracking and make it a permanent ban."

Residents worry East Dunbartonshire Council could grant Ineos the go ahead after it promised a percentage of profits to the local community.

"I'm worried that if the council see money they'll take it," said McDonald.

Protester Davida McEwan said: "I want my grandchildren to grow up in a safe environment and that won't happen if Ineos have their way."

During the public meeting the company answered residents’ concerns on everything from house value to chemicals used by the fracking process.

Tensions, however, rose when some members of the public shouted out and demanded to know the effects that each chemical could have.