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ALL credit to MSPs Annabelle Ewing, Alex Rowley and Alexander Stewart for raising Mossmorran at Holyrood last week.
However, the Scottish Government’s response remains woeful.
Rural Affairs minister Mairi Gougeon was at pains to stress that she “completely” understood “the strength of feeling around the issue”, that she “absolutely appreciates the concerns and anxieties of local communities” and that “as a government, we take those concerns absolutely seriously”.
Yet she claims “it is not clear what any independent inquiry would add at this time”.
May I respectfully suggest that if the Minister deigned to come to Central Fife and listen to people who have no choice but to live within Mossmorran’s apocalyptic flaring, she might be clearer about the need for an independent investigation.
SEPA and HSE are doing their best, but their remits are limited and they are being given the runaround by Exxon.
As is the Scottish Government.
The question for the Scottish environment, energy and health Ministers is: are they going to start taking seriously the concerns of the people they are charged to look after, get some proper independent research done or are they going to keep giving one of the world’s most ruthless multinationals the benefit of the doubt?
Councillor East Neuk & Landward.