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(en) Britain, Anarchist Federation (AFed) Scotland - AUTONOMY* #2 - P3 - UKBA intimidation in Glasgow + Extreme gas extraction: the situation in Scotland

Date Sun, 29 Sep 2013 11:11:39 +0300


UKBA intimidation in Glasgow ---- We’ve heard reports that UK Border Agency immigration enforcement teams have been operating in Govanhill, Glasgow. They left without detaining anyone although the police later arrived because people had been shouting out to warn others, and tell them of their immigration rights. ---- Immigration control teams perfrom speculative spot checks on the street but sometimes also raids on peoples houses. It seems like they have been out in force recently in the south of England. This is about intimidating communities and targetting Black and Ethnic Minority people—i.e. it is incredibly racist. These teams rely on people thinking they have the same powers as the police: they don’t, and individuals don’t have to answer their questions.

Refugees and asylum seekers are
one of us. We believe in peacefully
confronting these attacks on our
communities like the Southall
Black Sisters have done in London.
If news arrives of teams operating
we should shout them out and
make sure those they’re targeting
know their rights. In the meantime,
we’ve reprinted the Unity centre’s
poster on immigration rights. Cut
it out and put it up at bus stops.

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Extreme gas extraction: the situation in Scotland

The town of Airth, between Falkirk
and Stirling could be the site of the
first ‘unconventional gas
development’ if energy company, Dart
Energy, gets its way. Test drilling
has already been carried out and after
both Stirling and Falkirk councils
refused to grant planning permission,
we are waiting to hear from official
reporters appointed by the Scottish
Government if its plans for coal bed
methane production get the go ahead.
They are due to begin hearing
evidence in October.

Coal bed methane extraction is
related to, but slightly different from
the shale fracking (or hydraulic
fracturing) which is being opposed
right now in Balcombe, down in
Sussex. Instead of pumping
extraordinary amounts of water into a
shale layer, forcing gas or oil out,
water already present in coal beds is
pumped out which gets the gas
flowing, although sometimes fracking
and other methods are required.

Dart Energy proposes to to build 14
new well pads with 22 new wells,
around 20 km of pipelines to connect
the sites, a gas processing facility and
an waste outfall into the Firth of Forth,
near Airth between Falkirk and
Stirling. According to campaigning
group, Frack Off, this could be just the
thin end of the wedge. There is said to
be enough gas in the area for 600 wells.

The threat posed by this type of gas
extraction is very similar to shale
fracking. The major problem is water
contamination. De-watering involves
pumping out millions of gallons of
contaminated water (which has been
marinading in coal for years) and
disposing of it. he produced water can
be up to 5 times more salty than sea
water and may contain a variety of
toxic and radioactive materials
including heavy metals and
hydrocarbons. They plan on dumping
this water in the Firth of Forth, and
there has already been reports of waste
water with high benzine levels (a
carcinogen) being disposed of from
the testing wells.

Add to this the industrialisation of
the countryside,air pollution,
increased traffic, accidents, spills
etc. And all for the extraction of a
non-renewable source of energy
when we should be pushing for a
fast transition to renewable energy.
This is a development which makes
lots of money for companies like
Dart Energy but forces the long-
term costs on the people who live in
the area affected.

We need to take follow what the
protestors in Balcombe have
been doing. Their amazingly
positive and popular campaign
is now has now reached its 40th
day and caused real disruption
to Caudrilla who don’t care if
absolutely everyone opposes
them. If the Airth development
is given the green light we need
to organise and resist!

For more information, check out:
frack-off.org.uk

And the following groups in
Scotland:

Falkirk against Unconventional Gas
www.faug.org.uk

Frack Off Scotland
frackoffscotland.org.uk
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