The groups, led by Concerned Communities of Falkirk (CCoF) and Friends of the Earth Scotland, are demanding “a moratorium on all forms of unconventional gas development in Scotland”. Risks to public health, workers and the environment are “impossible to regulate away”, they say.
They also want Scottish ministers to refuse permission for controversial plans to drill 22 wells to extract coalbed methane in Falkirk and Stirling. The plans provoked over 2,500 objections and were the subject of a public inquiry in March and April.
The groups have jointly written an open letter to the Scottish government, published in the Sunday Herald today. They include residents’ organisations from Cumbernauld, Canonbie, Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh, the Highlands and elsewhere concerned about possible developments in their areas.
Other signatories are the trade union, Unison, the Women’s Environmental Network Scotland and the Scottish Hazards Campaign. Two environmental health professors from Stirling University, Andrew Watterson and Rory O’Neill, have also added their names.