Fracking Protest at Ineos Grangemouth 7th December 2014

Fracking Protest at Ineos Grangemouth 7th December 2014, with thanks to Phantom Power:



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13 replies

  1. What is going to happen if Ineos don’t get planning consent for these fracking licenses?

  2. Ineos,as a large land owner in Scotland’s Midland Valley,will surely be subjected to scrutiny under the proposed legislation,or perhaps having a license to exploit land resources without “ownership” is not going to be considered an issue.
    The Tory’s have made clear that they alone will decide who can do what to whom without redress.
    When you vote to have No say,that is what you get.

  3. What strikes me about these sites is that they are largely in traditional mining areas. Pity, there might have been work there for a good few if they wanted the energy gathered the old way.
    There again, coal in any form is well out of fashion now!

  4. The windmills are now gracing many of the old coalfields, and our wee houses are being decorated with solar panels. We don’t want this stinking Victorian technology back, thanks!

  5. Jim Ratcliffe, the owner of Ineos, is on record as saying that his biggest worry is safety. In that he bought PEDLs for the area his Grangemouth refinery and petro chemical works are on, it did cross my mind that possibly he bought those licences to prevent any other group from being able to frack underneath his asset.

  6. As an ex employee I can tell you that Ratcliffes intent is to run the Grangemouth petrochemicals assets on the fracked gas as the life expectancy of the North sea wasn’t looking good. The assets have been converted to run on fracked gas. I’m fairly sure that he will threaten, yet again, to close down the entire Grangemouth complex, with the associated impact that will have on the entire Scottish econcomy, if he doesn’t get his way, citing that Grangemouth won’t be economic to run without th fracked gas. Strangely, Grangemouth stopped being economic as soon as Ineos moved its HQ to Switzerland, where, bizarrely, an office of 10 people seem to make billions for Ineos. Pretty much in the same way as Starbucks isn’t profitable in the uk, pay no corporation tax, yet keep opening more coffee shops.

  7. There’s a sensible option to loss of control of a nation’s resources. It’s called nationalisation.

    You won’t find it under Labour which panders to southern rightwingery- but will we find it in a free Scotland?

    Hugo Chavez, before being lethally poisoned by the US, showed the way.

  8. Gemma you may well have nappy brain but you make the point that they are endangering Ruby’s Scottish right to clean water really clearly. Clarity is what is lacking with this whole fracking thing. Love you babes, from your mum x

  9. Well the second reading passed the the HOC with only TEN MP’s voting against it. SNP, Plaid and Greens. Labour abstained.

    Just shows how much contempt that Westminster Parties have for the communities that are going to be blighted if we are unable to prevent this.

    I don’t like windfarms, but I’d have these over fracking any day.

    Just wonder what it will be like trying to get buildings insurance as now doubt questions will be asked by the Insurance companies. Do you know of any Fracking in or around the home you live in.

  10. Here’s a fuller version of the event with links to the full speeches : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsRUrbLoKT4

  11. Latest Scottish Planning Policy (June 2014) doesn’t appear to rule out fracking but proposes a ‘risk assessment’ before it can go ahead. See par. 245-6.

    http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0045/00453827.pdf

    Alison Johnstone’s motion for a 2km ban on fracking near houses was defeated 5:4 in March this year. John Finnie, Jean Urqhart, and Patrick Harvie supported her. The rest didn’t.

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