“Sepa has a statutory responsibility to investigate and fine companies that breach their license permits. In order to safeguard any action it might take against the operators from legal challenge, Sepa is obliged to build as robust a case as possible against ExxonMobil and Shell.
If Sepa were to release the report before investigations are complete, it could give the corporations ammunition for a legal challenge.
However, once any fines or enforcement actions have been completed, there is no reason for Sepa not to release all the results of its investigations for the public to scrutinise.
Should Sepa refuse to publish their findings, the Mossmorran Action Group will use the Environmental information Regulations (2004) to force the agency to do so.
The wider issue is that both present and past Scottish Governments have failed to give Sepa the resources and powers necessary to actively monitor and hold to account the corporations that pollute our environment.”
Note to editor
The following comment is in response to articles that appeared in The Courier and Central Fife Times.