A £450 MILLION plan by Ineos to develop the Grangemouth petrochemical complex for fracking is facing fierce opposition from hundreds of residents and campaigners. The Swiss-based company is applying for permission for new security facilities and pipelines that require the permanent closure of a main road. The developments are part of a “masterplan” for the Grangemouth site founded on importing fracked shale gas from the US and opening up fracking in the UK. But more than 400 people have lodged objections, and more than 700 signed a local petition against the plan, which is due to be discussed at a special hearing in Grangemouth arranged by Falkirk Council on Monday. The Ineos masterplan envisages a “fully integrated chemical science cluster” at Grangemouth by 2020. New sources of ethane from fracked shale gas “will transform the site’s competitiveness and manufacturing potential,” it says.
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