A Fife MP says she is worried flaring at Mossmorran, which started again last night, could disrupt children returning to school today.
It comes as routine maintenance is being carried out at Shell’s natural gas plant in Fife for the next 48 hours.
The noise and light that comes from the flame has caused residents living nearby to complain.
Lesley Laird, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP, said: “While I appreciate that it’s not always in the control of the plant to decide when to time these operations, it is still disappointing that this maintenance programme coincides with children returning to school.
“Given the level of disruption that elevated flaring causes, especially at night, to say I’m concerned is something of an understatement.”
Ms Laird added: “I’ve been in contact with Shell to express my concerns and the company has assured me that it will try and minimise elevated flaring overnight.
“In addition, I’ve been told that when elevated flaring does occur, the plant will aim to use less visible ground flares and limit use of the flare stack.
“Shell do not anticipate the level of flaring this week will be anywhere near the scale of what we witnessed last June, and I am sure everyone sincerely hopes that will be the case.”
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