Roseanna Cunningham must finally heed the call for an urgent independent inquiry into the future of Exxonmobil in Mossmorran and immediate action to protect these local communitiesMark Ruskell
Around 2,000 people have written to Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham to demand immediate action to protect local communities impacted by pollution from ExxonMobil’s Mossmorran petrochemical plant in Fife.
Scottish Greens called for an urgent inquiry into the future of the ageing plant at First Minister’s Questions on Thursday, and since then around 2,000 people have used an online portal set up by the party to object to inaction by the Scottish Government.
Mossmorran is part of a fossil fuel complex that is the second biggest climate polluter in Scotland, and was issued a ‘final warning’ by regulator SEPA nearly two years ago.
Commenting, Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell said: “I’m not surprised so many people have objected to Mossmorran. The unplanned flaring at this fossil fuel relic has made life a misery for local residents.
“NHS Fife has also confirmed that the ongoing mismanagement of the plant has seriously impacted on their health and wellbeing.
“SEPA expressing ‘disappointment’ is not enough. The Scottish Government cannot continue to ignore those who are suffering as a result of this inaction. Roseanna Cunningham must finally heed the call for an urgent independent inquiry into the future of Exxonmobil in Mossmorran and immediate action to protect these local communities.”