Debate on fracking will go on despite decision
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of the East Kilbride News.
Fracking has been a hot topic in recent years with campaign groups such as South Lanarkshire Against Unconventional Gas drawing folk’s attention to the issue and highlighting the potential ‘adverse impacts’ of air and groundwater contamination from drilling for shale gas.
The Scottish Government last week announced that the current moratorium on fracking in Scotland will continue indefinitely and we cover the issue on page 15 of today’s paper.
This news was, naturally, cheered by anti-fracking protesters and there is certainly a strong argument for saying no to fracking until the environmental implications have been clearly laid out.
It will be for politicians to weigh up benefits and risks going forward; given the interest in fracking of big companies like INEOS, this debate will continue.
Meanwhile, we had a fantastic response to last week’s feature on how ‘bobbies on the beat’ have returned to East Kilbride and Avondale.
As expected, people in the area like the reassurance of seeing officers out on the streets.
The information these cops are gleaning helps their understanding of their patch and, more importantly, is solving cases and preventing crime.
Organisations like Police Scotland take their fair share of criticism so it’s only right to give praise where it’s due.
Finally, it’s the October holiday next week for many of you with school-age kids so check out our EK, East Kilbride £50 gift card competition on page 16 and our £50 Di Maggio’s East Kilbride voucher competition on page 21 and see if you can win to make it a week to remember.