Tuesday, 29 September 2015

No plans for SEPA to monitor Underground Coal Gasification

Mel Kelly has received a reply from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to her Freedom of Information request on how SEPA plans to monitor Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) around the Firth of Forth.

"3.2 It was confirmed that the SEPA has not received any applications for Underground Coal Gasification activities and, at this time, no monitoring plans or processes specifically relating to UCG have been developed"

"Now another interesting point is it will be the companies that do the monitoring - but based on the Australian experience - when all 3 companies - 100% of the trials - deliberately withheld the fact they had caused environmental damage - breaching the planning and environmental rules for the trials - this proves the private operators cannot be trusted and surely proves for UCG - SEPA should be doing the monitoring - not the private operators - and as SEPA has not developed any way to monitor this the planning consent should not go ahead - the entire file attached the appendix at the end has other useful info - still got another 6 FOI outstanding for UCG monitoring with SEPA now - split the questions up - to get copies of files of meetings between SEPA and the UCG license holders, Coal Authority, H&S executive and any info they have got from Australia - which I think is zilch I'm sure the attached confirms unlike the officials in America the Scottish Parliament has not even contacted the Queensland government."
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