De­bate on frack­ing will go on de­spite de­ci­sion

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Colin Pater­son

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.

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