CLUFF RETHINK ON UCG PLANS
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 12:44
Angus MacDonald MSP welcomes postponement of Cluff planning application for Underground Coal Gasification
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed the announcement from energy giant, Cluff Natural Resources, that they are to postpone their controversial plans to submit a planning application for pilot tests to burn coal under the Firth of Forth.
The company said they were shelving the plans owing to uncertainty over the Scottish Government’s support for the project. Mr. MacDonalds' constituency lies along the shores of the Firth of Forth, between South Alloa and Blackness. He is also an active member of Holyrood's Committee on Rural Affairs, Climate Change and the Environment (RACCE).
Embracing the news of Cluff's planning application postponement, Mr. MacDonald stated, “This is a sensible decision by Algy Cluff and his colleagues."
The MSP for Falkirk East continued, "With so many unanswered questions and serious concerns regarding the environmental impact of underground coal gasification, there should be no dash for gas - either through UCG or through fracking."
"A moratorium on UCG, in addition to the current Scottish Government moratorium on fracking, would allow for a full public health impact study and a full public consultation to be completed. I will continue to call for this in the Scottish Parliament.”