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MP Neale Hanvey has yet to learn that his job is to stand up for his constituents, not act as a PR mouthpiece for ExxonMobil.
Once again residents in the orbit of Mossmorran have been subjected to emergency flaring, their homes invaded by roaring noise, vibration and light.
Once again Exxon have not owned up to the source of the problem – was it a lightning strike? Was there an electrical fire? Was there a plant breakdown as there was a year ago with the boiler explosions? Nor did Exxon offered a timetable for the end of flaring.
Instead of parading in the media as an apologist for Exxon, Mr Hanvey should be demanding answers from the multinational over the flaring and insisting that they stick to the timetable for fitting noise mitigation that was agreed with SEPA.
Mr Hanvey made the point on Wednesday forenoon that the electrical storms had caused many disruptions to life in the area and had seen the need for flaring at Mossmorran and that ExxonMobil were keeping up him up to date with developments on the ongoing maintenance to sort the problem. The Ed.