Following another intense period of flaring from the Exxon gas plant at Mossmorran we interviewed Linda Holt and James Glen from the Mossmorran Action Group who talked about the response from the communities living close to the plant and the wider significance of the campaign.
In Linda’s view ‘we’ve reached a watershed moment’ … ‘people have absolutely had enough – SEPA (the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) were amazed at the number of complaints’ (more than 700). She talks about the importance of the local demonstration at the plant on Saturday 17th October and the way in which views have shifted towards the necessity of closure. In this context care for the livelihoods of the workers at the plant is critical. Fife Council passed a motion about 15 months ago calling for an independent inquiry and for the start of work on just transition – this urgently needs to start happening. However, the campaign still needs to win the support of the Scottish government who currently avoid any serious response by hiding behind SEPA.
There were protests at the gas plant and at the Scottish Parliament on October 17th
Climate Camp Scotland have been doing great work campaigning around Mossmorran and supporting the Mossmorran Action Group. This is their appeal for solidarity action on Saturday 17th October, 11am at the Scottish Parliament:
Just two weeks ago, residents near the Mossmorran Plant run by Shell and Exxon suffered under the worst flaring so far. Residents have been complaining about flares, smell and air pollution for years, without anyone recognising the injustices done to their community. Enough is enough – this Saturday at 11am, locals will protest at the secondary gate at Mossmorran. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to travel to Fife in support of local residents – but we will hold a solidarity rally at the Scottish Parliament to hold politicians to account over their failure to protect communities against Shell and Exxon’s environmental crimes.Shell and Exxon are the second worst polluter in Scotland after INEOS, and need to be shut down, both for their contributions to climate change and for polluting local communities, impacting those worst off the most. Stand in Solidarity with the Mossmorran Action Group, and help us shut down Exxon and Shell.
If you live in Fife, please support the protest at the Mossmorran Facility. If you’re in Edinburgh, come to the Scottish Parliament. If you’re from elsewhere, take a picture with a placard and send it to us, or tweet it at the Scottish government.
We are in a critical phase of a second Covid-19-wave. So please
Wear a mask
Maintain 2m Distancing
Sanitise your hands after the protest
Do not attend the protest if you’re feeling unwell or showing symptoms
The last few days have seen a recurrence of flaring at the Mossmorran gas plant in Fife. Fumes have drifted across the Forth forcing residents in North Edinburgh to close windows. More than 700 complaints have been submitted to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency. Join the campaign calling for the stricter enforcement and protection for those living in the neighbourhood of the plant. In our view a plan for phased closure of the plant is needed as part of a just green transition. We republish here the video we held with speakers from the Mossmorran Action Group earlier this year.
Protests organised by Climate Camp Scotland, calling for SEPA to protect local communities in Fife, take action on flaring at Mossmorran and demanding the rapid closure of Exxon and Shell’s gas plants took place across Scotland took place on Sunday 26th July