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Falkirk Council opposes gas drilling plan

The Dart Energy public inquiry is currently taking place

The Dart Energy public inquiry is currently taking place

Falkirk Council has told a public inquiry it is against a plan to drill natural gas from underneath land near Airth.

Town hall solicitor Neil Coller told Scottish Government Reporters considering a planning appeal by Dart Energy to establish a commercial coal bed methane extraction plant at Lethan Moss it should be refused because it goes against the council’s structure and local plan and could have an “adverse impact” on the surrounding community.

Mr Coller claimed: “Dart Energy has failed to demonstrate there will be no detremental impact on the environment. There has been a lack of transparency and Dart has not provided enough information.”

Today the public inquiry heard final submissions from objectors including Concerned Communities of Falkirk and Friends of the Earth Scotland.

Gordon Steele QC will make Dart Energy’s case tomorrow.

 

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