Protest to take place on the Forth Road Bridge

TRAFFIC ON THE FORTH ROAD BRIDGE.
TRAFFIC ON THE FORTH ROAD BRIDGE.

Local campaigners will be gathering on the Forth Road Bridge this weekend in protest over proposals to search for gas in the Firth of Forth.

Concerned Communities of Falkirk (CCoF) will join other community groups from all over Scotland for the Hands Over Our Forth event, which takes place at 2pm on Sunday.

They will link hands across the bridge, calling on the Scottish Government to extend its freeze on fracking to also cover offshore Underground Coal Gasification (UCG).

Cluff Natural Resources currently has three licences to explore UCG in the Firth of Forth, near Kincardine and claim the project could contribute around ££603 million to the UK economy and has the potential of creating as many as 830 jobs.

Maria Montinaro, of CCoF, said: “We hope the Scottish Government will put environmental protection and the views of ordinary people over the private profits of oil and gas tycoons.

“Campaigners in Falkirk worked hard to make sure the Scottish Government did the right thing by putting in a place a freeze on fracking.”

CCoF is also urging local members of the SNP to support a motion backing a freeze on UCG, when it is debated at the party’s conference in Aberdeen next week.