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DART INQUIRY: More evidence accepted

Scottish Government appointed Reporters Karen Heywood and David Buylla

Scottish Government appointed Reporters Karen Heywood and David Buylla

 

The public inquiry into Dart Energy’s drilling plans for Airth will consider additional information from objectors.

On day eight of the hearing Scottish Government Reporters agreed to the request from Friends of the Earth Scotland to lodge five more documents for consideration.

The move was opposed by Mr Gordon Steel QC who is representing the company. He said: “There comes a time when you have to draw a line in the sand and frankly Friends of the Earth have not adhered to the rules. The submission of these documents comes far to late and should be rejected. If they are accepted we will need more time to consider them.”

Sir Crispin Agnew for objectors Concerned Communities of Falkirk said: “I have not seen them either but if Friends consider them relevent they should be brought to the Reporter’s attention.”

The documents being studied by both sides this afternoon before they are introduced to evidence later, include a BBC news report broadcast on March 25 and an updated report on progress being made reducing emmissions.

 

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