While browsing for further information on the Mossmorran Chemical Plant, we happened to stumble across a video on YouTube, which appears to be from a resident in the Cowdenbeath area, who has written a good song about Mossmorran. Played in lively blues style, with good slide guitar, catchy lyrics, and excellent mouth organ skills, this video is worthy of a watch and listen, and helps highlights one of the many concerns some residents have living in the shadow of the Fife Ethylene Plant.

When they built the complex Cowdenbeath was going to be a “boom town”. Full employment, prosperity – happy times ahead. I have always been worried that it might become a “boom town” in quite a different way. Thank God that hasn’t happened. Neither has the other.

The video and music is created by T Bone Duffy and you can view his YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/bingotea1

Lyrics

I got those Mossmorran complex, petro-chemical blues,
I got those Mossmorran complex, petro-chemical blues,
I got a bomb on my doorstep, hope no-one lights that fuse,

I’m throwing the dice, those post gambling blues
nothing for winning and nothing if you lose,

I got those Mossmorran complex, petro-chemical blues,
I got those Mossmorran complex, petro-chemical blues,
I got a bomb on my doorstep, hope no-one lights that fuse,

From the junction to Crossgates, get ready to go,
high speed removal, you want even know,

I got those Mossmorran complex, petro-chemical blues,
I got those Mossmorran complex, petro-chemical blues,
I got a bomb on my doorstep, hope no-one lights that fuse,

Old man, young man, very rich man blues,
profits or people, you know what one they choose,

I got those Mossmorran complex, petro-chemical blues,
I got those Mossmorran complex, petro-chemical blues,
I got a bomb on my doorstep, hope no-one lights that fuse,

It’ll speed by Cowdenbeath, like a bird on the wing,
the company says it is just one of this things,

I got those Mossmorran complex, petro-chemical blues,
I got those Mossmorran complex, petro-chemical blues,
I got a bomb on my doorstep, hope no-one lights that fuse,

There may be slight errors in the transcription, corrections welcomed.

Petition

With the construction of Little Raith Wind Farm, identified in research by the University of Glasgow, as a potential to increase local pollutants in higher concentrations from Mossmorran in the local area, we are seeking permanent Air Quality Monitoring stations to be located in the local & surrounding communities. Please sign the petition below.

Air Quality Monitoring

We are deeply concerned that wind turbines around the Mossmorran complex may increase benzene (a known carcinogen) and other pollutants in higher concentrations in the local area, as identified in the research conducted by the University of Glasgow, putting the health of the surrounding communities at even greater risk.

Currently, one wind farm developer has to temporarily monitor Benzene & air pollutant levels, but this monitoring will only provide small reassurance and limited protections for the duration of the required monitoring. Mossmorran pollutant dispersal and flaring events do not happen on a constant basis, therefore, any benzene & air pollutant monitoring program on a temporary basis is useless, and only provides limited reassurances to the local communities affected, for the duration dates that the monitoring is taking place.

We, the undersigned, request that Air Quality monitoring stations are built in Lochgelly, Lumphinnans, Cowdenbeath and Auchtertool, to monitor Benzene & pollution levels from the Mossmorran plant for the lifetime of any wind turbines built around the Mossmorran complex. When all wind turbines are decommissioned, the monitoring stations should be left in place, until the Mossmorran complex is decommissioned. The placement of the monitoring stations, should be decided by the local communities, through extensive consultations with the public by the local authority or the Scottish Government.

All data collected by the monitoring stations should be made publicly available, online and offline, to allow individuals and other interested parties, to examine and monitor the situation on an ongoing basis.

This will help to clearly quantify the risks associated with inappropriate turbine placement next to industrial sites that disperse pollutants, and help provide reassurance that (a) the Benzene & pollutant risk is being taken seriously by the local authority and (b) the risk of benzene & pollutant poisoning is clearly quantified, openly and transparently.

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One Comment

  1. Local Townie.

    September 8, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I can remember the launch of the Moss and the local headlines at the time was ‘Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright’ with a photo of a petro-chemical plant flaring fiercely in the background. Public relations at its best! Ignore the concerns of local townsfolk, put on your best smile and convince us blue is pink. The Empire’s New Clothes 😉

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