Pay up for flaring incident, council tells ExxonMobil

“Appropriate and substantial compensation” should be paid to individuals and communities affected by sustained flaring at ExxonMobil’s Fife ethylene plant, according to local councillors.

In a vote held earlier this month, members from all parties condemned the incident by 32 votes to 23. It produced black smoke, noise and vibration for six days, starting on Easter Sunday, triggering record complaints to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

James Glen, who chairs the Mossmorran Action Group, a community association opposed to pollution from the complex said: “Residents are expected to tolerate days and nights of flaring without respite,” he said. “There are vibrations in people’s homes and the noise levels are so high it is like being next to an airport 24/7. It is affecting the sleep of both children and adults and there are reports of children wetting the bed.”

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