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'Scotland not for shale' protesters tell Ineos boss Jim Ratcliffe

by Gordon Leggate
Issue No. 2433

Anti-fracking demonstrators at Ineos Grangemouth

Anti-fracking demonstrators at Ineos Grangemouth (Pic: Josh Brown)

Over 300 people gathered at the gates of Ineos Grangemouth refinery in the cold and rain for the No Fracking Falkirk protest.

The diverse group from all over Scotland’s central belt included climate change activists, trade unionists, socialists and local “Yes” groups. 

Speakers stressed the international nature of the movement against fracking and the call for climate justice. 

Some speakers called for the rally to be non-political, but rage against the politicians was clear from people attending.

One local Yes activist was angry that extraction licences were auctioned off in the middle of the referendum campaign, without any respect for the democratic process. 

A factory worker from East Kilbride pointed out that the best ways for fracking companies to make a profit was to reduce their overheads.

If they can get the taxpayer to pick up the bill for cleaning their contaminated water, profits will increase. 

The protest was focused on Grangemouth as Ineos Petrochemicals now own 51 percent of the on-shore gas extraction permits in Scotland.

The union-busting billionaire CEO of Ineos, Jim Ratcliffe, lives on his £130 million luxury yacht to avoid paying tax.

As well as fracking for shale gas, massive Coal Bed Methane extraction is planned along the traditional coal seams. Both these processes are potentially harmful for the environment.

Both will increase our reliance on dirty carbon energy. As socialists we argue that the focus of our talents and money must be in sustainable renewable energy. 

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Tue 9 Dec 2014, 18:39 GMT
Issue No. 2433
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