Refusal to rule out “fracking” raises concerns

Stephen Bird, one of the SNP candidates  for the Carse Kinnaird & Tryst ward in May has written to Angus MacDonald MSP following a report in”The Scotsman” on Feb 23 that Dart Energy have refused to rule out the possible use of the controversial “fracking” technique at Airth.

Stephen has asked the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee of the Scottish Parliament investigate any such application from Dart Energy, on which Angus MacDonald sits to investigate any such application in the future.

Stephen said in his letter,

“I appreciate that the “fracking” technique is not being used on this site at the moment.  I do believe however, that Dart Energy, will by failing to rule out the potential use of the technique, raise concerns that this is exactly what they intend to do.

“Fracking” has, as you know, been widely considered to have triggered earth tremors near Blackpool.

Indeed “The Scotsman” reports that “A report by shale gas firm Cuadrilla Resources last week found it was “highly probable” it triggered earth tremors near Blackpool earlier this year. Other risks associated with  racking include poisoning of drinking water if it becomes contaminated with the fluids used in the process and adding to the pollution that is believed to be disrupting the climate.”  

I know that you have been actively involved in monitoring such events.

I would ask that the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee of the Scottish Parliament investigate any such application from Dart Energy. It is important to  ensure that before the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) grant any such licence that a full and detailed consultation with the local community would take place and that without their consent such a licence would not be granted.

I know that I do not need to highlight the potential risks to the entire Falkirk District with main motorway links and the petro-chemical industry in Grangemouth at considerable risk if any such earth tremors were to occur.

In a country which is so rich in renewable potential it would seem to be utterly unnecessary to employ this technique anywhere in Scotland but particularly in our District.”

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