Mossmorran: Community patience “stretched to the limit”

Lesley Laird MP has called for answers “sooner rather than later” as communities continue to suffer noise and light pollution from unplanned flaring at Mossmorran.

Flaring began at the weekend after a pump on the site failed and specialist contractors are on site working ’round the clock’ to bring the plant back to normal.

However, this  is the third such incident at Fife Ethylene Plant since a major nine-day flare last June, which saw a final warning being issued by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

Lesley Laird MP said: “I have spoken to ExxonMobil, Shell and SEPA and expressed my strong concerns for local communities once again experiencing another unplanned episode of flaring and noise at Mossmorran.

“While I’m reassured by SEPA’s commitment to monitor noise, nonetheless the level and frequency of these episodes cannot be allowed to go unchecked.

“Three investigations are still open and the time has surely come for some answers to be given and for some serious action to get to the root causes of increasing unplanned flaring.

She added: “I have a second working group due to convene in the next few weeks and I do hope all parties will be in a position to update on this latest episode but, more importantly, to clarify where we are with the open investigations and what actions will now be taken.

“We have reached a point, I think, where community frustrations and patience have been stretched to the limit.  We now need to find a way through this sooner rather than later.”

Pic: Alex Noble