Stop gas drilling

greens2-300x300A poll about a controversial proposal to burn gas out of coal seams in West Fife using Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) has shown widespread concern about the technology, with a majority against and fewer than one in ten supporting it.
A doorstep survey of residents in Kincardine and Culross showed that only 8% backed plans by Cluff Natural Resources to carry out UCG in the Forth between Kincardine and Crombie Point, while 51% objected and 41% are currently undecided. Only a third of those surveyed were initially aware of the proposal.
The survey was conducted on behalf of the Scottish Green Party in relation to Zara’s campaign for the Dunfermline seat. She  is urging the Scottish Government to ban the family of ‘extreme energy’ techniques which includes UCG and fracking.  In Australia, US and India it is reported that UCG test wells were abandoned after groundwater contamination.
Zara said, “So many residents told us they had seen coverage of fracking protests down South but were completely unaware of an equally controversial proposal here in West Fife. In many ways the UCG process is riskier than fracking and yet neither the Scottish Government nor the Scottish Environment Protection Agency seem to have anything to say about it. Some residents we spoke to live close to old coal mine workings and were concerned about potential destabilisation. Cluff Natural Resources may have failed to warn local residents about their plans, but ultimately the responsibility lies with the SNP Government to put a ban on all these extreme energy developments, at least until the safety and environmental issues have been conclusively addressed.”

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