Mossmorran Action Group is organising a protest at Fife House as it urges councillors to put aside party political differences and support a motion calling for an independent investigation into the environmental, health and social impacts of Mossmorran’s operations.
The Group is asking demonstrators to wear gas masks and to meet outside Fife House from 9 am so that they can lobby councillors as they arrive for the meeting.
Chair James Glen said:
“MAG has been calling for a full independent investigation since the bout of extreme emergency flaring two years ago. The work of Lesley Laird’s multi-stakeholder group has been useful and we have seen SEPA up its game a bit, but little real progress has been made in either establishing the impacts of the plant or finding ways to mitigate them. There has been no progress at all in providing residents with any kind of redress over what they are forced to endure.
The recent 6-day long period of emissions from the plant – longer, nastier and more extended in its pollution, noise and light impacts – has left thousands of people asking questions and demanding answers. SEPA only turns up when the flaring is underway and then takes a snapshot of very limited impacts – noise and some emissions – in a couple of places because its overriding interest is to check Mossmorran’s compliance with regulatory conditions. No one is measuring the wider, ongoing picture with all the emissions from Mossmorran and how they are affecting the environment and people’s lives.
Only an independent comprehensive study can do that. SEPA lacks the authority, expertise and resources to carry out such an investigation, as the experience of the last few years demonstrates.
We want Fife Council to speak with one voice in demanding that the Scottish Government act now. MAG is a cross-party group, our board and our membership reflect all shades of political opinion and none. Our facebook group numbers over 2000 members, our change.org petition over 3000 signatures. It’s time for everyone – from Fife Council to the Scottish Government – to take the bull by the horns and establish once and for all exactly how Mossmorran is affecting local communities.”