On the 11th June 2011 at 3:10am, Mossmorran suffered an incident which resulted in excessive noise pollution, vibration and light pollution which caused one local to write a darkly comic doric poem, titled; ‘Dawn Chorus O Mossmorran‘.
This article was the most commented article to ever appear on the site and we received complaints regarding Mossmorran from as far as Dundee and Livingstone.
The incident started at approximately 2:52am on the 11th July and the excessive flaring ended on the 17th June at 5:33 am, according to Mossmorran representatives. At the time of the incident there was the usual apology, the communities were also notified that there had been a valve failure.
However, after obtaining information through the Freedom of Information act, whilst it was concluded the incident was a valve failure, this was not the entire story, which leads to further questions regarding concerns over the safety of the plant, and potentially this incident could be repeated in the future.
Other information obtained stated that 15 valves had been identified for inspection and spring replacement, and is due to be complete by 31st March 2012, and 31st July 2012. There has been a problem isolating one of the valves, this will then be replaced during the planned shutdown of the plant in August 2012.
During the incident Mossmorran state:
Yet we received complaints from as far as Dundee and Livingstone regarding the light pollution with individuals concerned that Mossmorran had blown up. Local reports from the surrounding communities reported a series of explosion like sounds, and the noise was reported from as far as Edinburgh.
To view the full reports and communications between SEPA and Plant representatives please visit our Freedom of Information request at: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/mossmorran_flaring_incident_11th#incoming-252302.
To view some of the public complaints and concerns we received, please visit: http://lochgelly.org.uk/2011/06/the-dawn-chorus-o-mossmorran/#comments.
Lastly, the Lochgelly Community Council have been very active raising concerns to Mossmorran, but stated that approximately only 30% of their concerns have been answered. They have also invited Mossmorran to attend the Community Council meetings on several occasions, but Mossmorran have repeatedly declined the offer.