MAG response to Stuart Neil (ExxonMobil External Affairs Manager)

Stuart Neil repeats Exxon’s claim that they have received “no formal request” for “monetary compensation”. Yet Joe Purves as well as three other individuals to my knowledge have approached Exxon for compensation.

These requests may not be “formal” in the American sense of using a lawyer and they may not have named a precise monetary figure, but they were clear and unambiguous in requesting compensation for extreme light and noise pollution which prevented sleep and affected health.

This claim was also recognised by Fife Council when it passed a motion in June to seek compensation from the Mossmorran operators and Exxon stated they were open to discussions.

This statement looks like bad faith when set against Mr McNeil’s attempt to smear and bully Mr Purves and others who dare to contradict Exxon’s sleekit PR.

He also repeats the lie that the Mossmorran Action Group is calling for the plant’s closure. We have never done so.

What we are calling for is an independent expert study into the environmental, social and health impacts of the plant, as supported by Fife Council and a cross-party group of MSPs at Holyrood. Why isn’t Exxon supporting that? Why is Exxon still refusing to attend an open public meeting with regulators and politicians to address issues at the plant?

The shocking news last week of, in HSE’s words, “explosions” caused by “catastrophic breakdowns” of two boilers only underlines the danger when a company is bent on avoiding transparency and accountability about its operations.

Using a newspaper letters’ column to pick on an individual with a legitimate claim for compensation is a pathetic deflection.

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Resident-led action group seeking redress from the long-term social, health and environmental impacts from the Mossmorran facilities in Central Fife operated by ExxonMobil (Fife Ethylene Plant) and Shell (Fife NGL).


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