Urgent calls made to stop Dart’s drilling in Falkirk area

Dart energy has the go ahead to drill on land near Skinflats
Dart energy has the go ahead to drill on land near Skinflats

Campaigners are calling for an urgent public health assessment before Dart Energy drills a test hole in land near Skinflats.

A week after Falkirk Council planners voted to allow Dart’s application to drill north-east of Grangeview, near Skinflats, to take a coal sample, concerned residents are demanding the plan be put on hold.

Last week planning committee members said issues surrounding Dart’s proposals to extract coalbed methane on land near Airth, the subject of a public inquiry currently being evaluated by government ministers, had no bearing on this new application.

Maria Montinaro, Concerned Communities of Falkirk member, said: “We want immediate action taken to stop this development prior to the public inquiry decision and a full public health impact assessment to be undertaken – which is supported by NHS Forth Valley.”

At last week’s meeting planning convener Billy Buchanan said: “We have to deal with each individual application that comes before us.”

Councillor Steven Carleschi moved the item be continued until the result of the public inquiry is announced, but his motion was defeated.