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An internal report from Scotland's environment watchdog, warns of a "high risk" of water pollution from drilling for underground gas. CCoF point out that Dart Energy have no plans for fracking in Falkirk, but the risks of water contamination from coal bed methane extraction will be discussed at the upcoming public inquiry.

Scotland’s draft national planning framework and policy lacks clarity on planning rules for unconventional gas, according to the Scottish Parliament’s Energy Committee. The committee's recommendations for the SPP, which were decided in a private voting session, include a 'robust separation distance' be determined on a case-by-case basis rather than a fixed distance 'buffer zone'; but Scottish Greens claim the "planning report shows SNP lacking on fracking".

The Airth Castle Dinner Dance and the Gastonbury fundraising gig were a fantastic success raising £13,000 and £2,000 respectively. We've now exceeded our minimum fundraising target, making it possible for us to continue to instruct our legal team, but we still need to raise further funds.

A respected geologist has warned of potentially serious environmental damage, including contamination of streams and rivers, if plans to drill for subterranean methane are given the green light in Scotland, reports Mark Macaskill for The Sunday Times.

"The North Star in Falkirk is perhaps an unlikely locale for a grassroots pop uprising", says Nicola Meighan, reporting for The Herald.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has told planning appeal inspectors that it does not know whether it could assess any emissions leaking from gas wells at Dart Energy’s proposed scheme at Airth, near Falkirk, under existing pollution regulations.

38 Degrees have launched an appeal to raise up to £35,000 for CCoF's legal fund so we can present our strongest case in the upcoming Public Inquiry into Dart Energy's plans for Coal Bed Methane production in Falkirk.

West Fife & Coastal Villages Community Councils Forum, who represent 18 Fife villages, confirmed today that they would like to be represented by CCoF's legal team at the upcoming Public Inquiry into Dart Energy's plans to drill for Coal Bed Methane in the Falkirk area.

Airth Parish Community Council today voted to be represented by CCoF's legal team at the upcoming Public Inquiry into Dart Energy's planning application to drill for Coal Bed Methane in Falkirk.

De-Fence Records today launched an online silent auction for tickets to ‘Gastonbury’, a benefit gig in support of Concerned Communities of Falkirk (CCoF) who are raising money to pay for legal representation at the upcoming Public Inquiry into Dart Energy’s controversial plans to drill for coal bed methane gas on farmland and under homes.

Today Concerned Concerned Communities of Falkirk submitted its Statement of Case for the Public Inquiry into Dart Energy's Planning Application to drill for coalbed methane in Letham Moss near Airth. Download and read the document here.

Released today: OnTheFly's digital album in support of Concerned Communities of Falkirk's (CCoF's) campaign against Dart Energy's plans for coal bed methane production in Falkirk.

The UK Government has today published a map of areas, including vast swathes of Scotland, that could be exploited for shale gas and coalbed methane extraction.

Nausea, headaches and nosebleeds, invasive chemical smells, constant drilling, slumping property prices – welcome to Ponder, Texas, where fracking has overtaken the town. With the chancellor last week announcing tax breaks for drilling companies, could the UK be facing the same fate?

Stirling Council has said it will oppose controversial plans to extract gas from coal beds in the Forth Valley, the BBC reported.

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