Halt Large Scale Biomass In Scotland
[photo kindly provided by Shawnie Wheelan - all rights reserved]
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CAMPAIGN IS NOW CLOSED
Forth Energy, a joint venture between Scottish and Southern Energy and Forth Ports PLC, plan to build four giant biomass plants around south east Scotland. These plants are simply too big for the local area and are of considerable concern to residents and to many across Scotland. Emerging research increasingly highlights worrying information about health risks from burning wood and there are serious worries about sustainability and global impacts. Although the plants will make substantial profits for the developer (from subsidies) they will be a huge blight on the life of local people.
MSP Shirley Anne Somerville (SNP) has just lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament. With enough support the motion could influence planning decisions and national policy. The motion (S3M-7356) states:
Moratorium on Large-scale Biomass Plants: ‘That the Parliament recognises the concerns of local communities in Leith, Dundee, Grangemouth and Rosyth at being faced with planning applications for large-scale biomass plants; notes that these concerns relate to emissions, air quality, odour, noise, traffic and visual impact; believes that such plants will also cause problems for wood markets and related industries; is concerned that the sustainability and environmental benefits of biomass power stations are very much in doubt because of fuel-sourcing issues and emerging research suggesting that they may not help Scotland meet its CO2 reduction targets in the short term; notes also that biomass plants could expect significant subsidies under the Renewables Obligation Scheme, and considers that, until such time as the environmental impact of large-scale biomass power stations has been independently assessed, a moratorium on building such plants would be appropriate.’
For more information on the No to Leith Biomass Plant campaign please see www.noleithbiomass.org.uk.
Please click on the Take Action button below to send an email to your MSP and local List MSPs to ask them to sign up to support this motion. You can send the brief letter as it is, or – to ensure it carries significantly more weight – please add your own comments to the end of it. Even adding something like ‘I am particularly concerned about (choose from: naming the plant nearest you/ health risks/increased pollution)’ really helps.