We have been conducting a study to quantify local concerns and perceptions of the Mossmorran complex and are now officially releasing the data so far collected up to December 2012, which is available to view below. The study is still ongoing, and is currently at 143 responses, as of 17th January 2013.

We are seeking more participants and will be releasing the data into the public domain once we have reached 300 responses. To participate in the anonymous survey, please visit https://lochgelly.org.uk/losw-survey/index.php/survey/index/sid/264747.

Survey Method

The survey was conducted through https://lochgelly.org.uk/losw-survey/ using open source software (Limewire) installed on the server. The survey was made accessible to all and to protect users anonymity no IP addresses, session tokens and cookies, time stamps, or any other Personal Identifiable Data were used as part of the survey.

The survey is still ongoing, and the data currently collected is for 128 completed surveys. Some respondents answered in full, while other respondents answered partially. The data we are showing are only for 105 completed surveys.

We specifically made all questions and answers optional to improve engagement rates, so that users felt comfortable answering only the questions that they felt were (a) relevant to them, and (b) that they were comfortable answering.

Number of records in this query: 105
Total records in survey: 105
Percentage of total: 100.00%

Questions – Group 1

Which community do you live in?
Answer Percentage
Auchtertool 1.69%
Cardenden 1.69%
Dundonald 0.00%
Bowhill 1.69%
Lochgelly 40.68%
Glencraig 0.00%
Lochore 0.00%
Crosshill 0.00%
Ballingry 3.39%
Lumphinnans 1.69%
Cowdenbeath 6.78%
Hill of Beath 0.00%
Crossgates 0.00%
Other* 20.34%
* Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Dunduff, Glenrothes
No answer 22.03%
What age range are you?
Answer Percentage
16-19 3.39%
20-29 3.39%
30-39 16.95%
40-49 28.81%
50-59 22.03%
60-69 13.56%
70-79 3.39%
80-89 0.00%
90+ 0.00%
No answer 8.47%
Do you have any concerns regarding potential health impacts from the Mossmorran complex?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 74.58%
No (N) 13.56%
No answer 11.86%
Do you have any concerns regarding the potential environmental impacts (noise, air quality, light, vibration) from the Mossmorran complex?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 77.97%
No (N) 10.17%
No answer 11.86%
Do you have any concerns regarding the safety of the Mossmorran complex?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 62.71%
No (N) 23.73%
No answer 13.56%

Questions – Group 2

Have you ever experienced noise from the Mossmorran complex?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 70.59%
No (N) 11.76%
No answer 17.65%
Has the noise from the Mossmorran complex ever disturbed your sleep?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 45.10%
No (N) 37.25%
No answer 17.65%
Have you ever experienced light pollution in the form of flaring events from the Mossmorran complex?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 76.47%
No (N)

5.88%
No
answer
17.65%
Has the light pollution from a flaring event ever disturbed your sleep?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 35.29%
No (N) 47.06%
No answer 17.65%
Do you think the Mossmorran complex impacts on the local air quality?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 74.51%
No (N) 9.80%
No answer 15.69%
Have you ever experienced vibrations from the Mossmorran complex?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 45.10%
No (N) 35.29%
No answer 19.61%
Has the vibration ever disturbed your sleep?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 37.25%
No (N) 39.22%
No answer 23.53%
Do you feel the vibrations emitted from the Mossmorran complex has ever created structural damage to your property (this can include greenhouse panes being smashed, cracks appearing in buildings etc.)?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 23.53%
No (N) 47.06%
No answer 29.41%

Questions – Group 3

Do you feel that the Mossmorran complex is safe?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 21.28%
No (N) 55.32%
No answer 23.40%

If there was a major accident at the Mossmorran complex, what do you think would be the worst-case scenario regarding structural damage to the following areas?

Mossmorran Complex

Mossmorran Complex

Auchtertool

Auchtertool

Cardenden

Cardenden

Dundonald

Dundonald

Bowhill

Bowhill

Lochgelly

Lochgelly

Glencraig

Glencraig

Lochore

Lochore

Crosshill

Crosshill

Ballingry

Ballingry

Lumphinnans

Lumphinnans

Cowdenbeath

Cowdenbeath

Hill of Beath

Hill of Beath

Crossgates

Crossgates

If there was a major accident at the Mossmorran complex, what do you think would be the worst case scenario for chemical & toxic effects on the following areas?

Mossmorran Complex

Mossmorran Complex

Auchtertool

Auchtertool

Cardenden

Cardenden

Dundonald

Dundonald

Bowhill

Bowhill

Lochgelly

Lochgelly

Glencraig

Glencraig

Lochore

Lochore

Crosshill

Crosshill

Ballingry

Ballingry

Lumphinnans

Lumphinnans

Cowdenbeath

Cowdenbeath

Hill of Beath

Hill of Beath

Crossgates

Crossgates

Are you aware of the emergency planning systems in place for Mossmorran?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 12.77%
No (N) 68.09%
No answer 19.15%
Are you aware that the emergency services in partnership with the Mossmorran complex, regularly conduct emergency training exercises?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 36.17%
No (N) 48.94%
No answer 14.89%
Should all the potential safety & emergency scenarios be fully disclosed into the public domain?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 74.47%
No (N) 8.51%
No answer 17.02%
Should all the emergency training exercises be fully disclosed into the public domain (ie- dates and times of training, scenarios, etc.)?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 70.21%
No (N) 14.89%
No answer 14.89%

Questions – Group 4

Do you think Mossmorran impacts on the health of you and/or your family?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 46.81%
No (N) 8.51%
Uncertain (U) 31.91%
No answer 12.77%
Do you think Mossmorran impacts on the health of residents in your local community?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 63.83%
No (N) 8.51%
Uncertain (U) 14.89%
No answer 12.77%
Have your concerns about any potential health impacts been addressed by the plant operators?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 19.15%
No (N) 34.04%
Uncertain (U) 23.40%
No answer 23.40%
Have your concerns about any potential health impacts been addressed by Fife Council?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 12.77%
No (N) 36.17%
Uncertain (U) 25.53%
No answer 25.53%
Have your concerns about any potential health impacts been addressed by local Community Representation Groups?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 19.15%
No (N) 38.30%
Uncertain (U) 19.15%
No answer 23.40%
Do you or a family member have any of the following illnesses?
Answer Percentage
Chest related illness (eg – asthma, breathing difficulties) 20.00%
Blood Disorder 6.67%
Sleep Disorders 19.05%
Cancer 4.76%
Tissue Injury or Irritation 4.76%
Drowsiness or Dizziness spells 16.19%
Rapid or irregular heartbeat 7.62%
Tremors 1.90%
Headaches 24.76%
Confusion 9.52%
Lowered immune system 7.62%
Anemia 2.86%
Irregular menstrual periods 4.76%
Decrease in the size of your ovaries 0.95%
Delayed bone formation 0.00%
Low birth weights 0.00%
Bone Marrow damage 0.00%
Leukemia 0.00%
Other 5.71%
  • ME/CFS
  • Eyesight problems
  • Crohns
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • me/cfs
  • Allergies I never had before moving here

Questions – Group 5

Are you aware of SEPA and their roles and responsibilities with regards to the Mossmorran complex?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 50.00%
No (N) 38.64%
No answer 11.36%
Have you ever made a complaint to SEPA regarding Mossmorran?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 15.91%
No (N) 72.73%
No answer 11.36%
If you have ever made a complaint to SEPA regarding Mossmorran, do you feel your complaint was adequately addressed?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 2.27%
No (N) 20.45%
No answer 77.27%
Are you aware of the Air Quality monitoring programmes conducted by SEPA with regards to Mossmorran?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 36.36%
No (N) 50.00%
No answer 13.64%
Do you know how many times SEPA conduct Air Quality tests regarding Mossmorran in a year?
Answer Percentage
No Monitoring Conducted 11.36%
1-5 times a year 20.45%
6-10 times a year 11.36%
11-15 times a year 2.27%
15-20 times a year 2.27%
21+ times a year 0.00%
Permanent Monitoring Stations 11.36%
No answer 40.91%
Do you know the locations that SEPA conduct Air Quality tests with regards to Mossmorran?
Answer Percentage
Mossmorran complex 13.33%
Auchtertool 4.76%
Cardenden 0.95%
Dundonald 0.95%
Bowhill 0.95%
Lochgelly 3.81%
Glencraig 0.95%
Lochore 0.95%
Crosshill 0.95%
Ballingry 0.95%
Lumphinnans 2.86%
Cowdenbeath 3.81%
Hill of Beath 0.95%
Crossgates 1.90%
Other Area 5.71%
SEPA are effective at dealing with public complaints connected to Mossmorran
Answer Percentage
Strongly Agree 6.82%
Slightly Agree 4.55%
Neutral 31.82%
Slighty Disagree 6.82%
Strongly Disagree 15.91%
No answer 34.09%
SEPA are completely independent and trustworthy
Answer Percentage
Strongly Agree 22.73%
Slightly Agree 13.64%
Neutral 9.09%
Slighty Disagree 13.64%
Strongly Disagree 13.64%
No answer 27.27%
SEPA are doing enough to monitor the local impacts from Mossmorran
Answer Percentage
Strongly Agree 11.36%
Slightly Agree 0.00%
Neutral 15.91%
Slighty Disagree 6.82%
Strongly Disagree 36.36%
No answer 29.55%
SEPA are in close consultation with local communities
Answer Percentage
Strongly Agree 4.55%
Slightly Agree 0.00%
Neutral 13.64%
Slighty Disagree 2.27%
Strongly Disagree 47.73%
No answer 31.82%
SEPA are easy to contact regarding complaints and concerns being raised about Mossmorran
Answer Percentage
Strongly Agree 18.18%
Slightly Agree 20.45%
Neutral 9.09%
Slighty Disagree 6.82%
Strongly Disagree 15.91%
No answer 29.55%

Questions – Group 6

Are you aware that there is an Air Quality Review group for Mossmorran?
Answer Percentage
Yes 27.27%
No (N) 59.09%
No answer 13.64%
Are you aware that there is a Community Liaison group for Mossmorran?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 38.64%
No (N) 52.27%
No answer 9.09%
Do you think both groups are doing enough to provide feedback about the Mossmorran complex?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 9.09%
No (N) 63.64%
No answer 27.27%

The Courier investigations uncovered that some representatives (Councillors, Community Councillors) have been receiving gifts and attending corporate hospitality events, such as the six nations rugby match between Scotland vs England. The Scottish Government state in the Code of Conduct of Community Councillors that “You should not accept gifts or hospitality that may be seen to influence or be intended to influence your opinion or judgement. The offer and/or receipt of any gifts, regardless of form, should always be reported to and noted by the Secretary of the Community Council.” How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements:

Accepting gifts compromises the integrity of representatives
Answer Percentage
Strongly Agree 75.00%
Slightly Agree 15.91%
Neutral 0.00%
Slighty Disagree 0.00%
Strongly Disagree 0.00%
No answer 9.09%
Accepting gifts improves relations between the community and Mossmorran
Answer Percentage
Strongly Agree 4.55%
Slightly Agree 2.27%
Neutral 4.55%
Slighty Disagree 6.82%
Strongly Disagree 72.73%
No answer 9.09%
Representatives have every right to accept gifts from Mossmorran
Answer Percentage
Strongly Agree 6.82%
Slightly Agree 2.27%
Neutral 4.55%
Slighty Disagree 6.82%
Strongly Disagree 70.45%
No answer 9.09%
Representatives should not be accepting gifts from Mossmorran
Answer Percentage
Strongly Agree 77.27%
Slightly Agree 0.00%
Neutral 6.82%
Slighty Disagree 0.00%
Strongly Disagree 6.82%
No answer 9.09%
The Representatives should be providing a full disclosure of what gifts and events they have attended
Answer Percentage
Strongly Agree 79.55%
Slightly Agree 9.09%
Neutral 0.00%
Slighty Disagree 0.00%
Strongly Disagree 2.27%
No answer 9.09%
Representatives accepting gifts and attending hospitality events have no need to disclose
Answer Percentage
Strongly Agree 2.27%
Slightly Agree 2.27%
Neutral 0.00%
Slighty Disagree 4.55%
Strongly Disagree 81.82%
No answer 9.09%
I trust the representatives that have accepted gifts and hospitality events
Answer Percentage
Strongly Agree 0.00%
Slightly Agree 4.55%
Neutral 6.82%
Slighty Disagree 11.36%
Strongly Disagree 61.36%
No answer 15.91%
I do not trust the representatives that have accepted gifts and hospitality events
Answer Percentage
Strongly Agree 63.64%
Slightly Agree 6.82%
Neutral 9.09%
Slighty Disagree 4.55%
Strongly Disagree 2.27%
No answer 13.64%

Questions – Group 7

Is your local councillors doing enough to provide feedback about the Mossmorran complex?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 11.36%
No (N) 70.45%
No answer 18.18%
Is your local Community Council doing enough to provide feedback about the Mossmorran complex?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 0.00%
No (N) 79.55%
No answer 20.45%
Should Mossmorran staff be holding regular public meetings in your community to address local concerns?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 85.37%
No (N) 4.88%
Uncertain (U) 4.88%
No answer 4.88%
If Mossmorran staff held regular public meetings in your local community, would this help allieviate any concerns you have?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 31.71%
No (N) 9.76%
Uncertain (U) 48.78%
No answer 9.76%
If Mossmorran staff held regular public meetings in your local community, do you think this would improve relations between Mossmorran and your local community?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 58.54%
No (N) 7.32%
Uncertain (U) 26.83%
No answer 7.32%
Do you think Fife Council are doing enough to address concerns in your local community regarding the Mossmorran complex?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 7.32%
No (N) 75.61%
Uncertain (U) 12.20%
No answer 4.88%
Should Fife Council be conducting a full public consultation in your local community to identify and address any local concerns?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 73.17%
No (N) 9.76%
Uncertain (U) 12.20%
No answer 4.88%
Should there be fully independent research carried out in your local community to identify and address any local health and environmental concerns?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 87.80%
No (N) 7.32%
Uncertain(U) 2.44%
No answer 2.44%

If any independent studies were to be conducted, how should they be funded?

ExxonMobil
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 73.17%
No (N) 14.63%
Uncertain (U) 2.44%
No answer 9.76%
Shell
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 68.29%
No (N) 14.63%
Uncertain (U) 2.44%
No answer 14.63%
Fife Council
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 68.29%
No (N) 14.63%
Uncertain (U) 7.32%
No answer 9.76%
Scottish Government
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 75.61%
No (N) 7.32%
Uncertain (U) 7.32%
No answer 9.76%
Public Donations and Fund Raising
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 4.88%
No (N) 65.85%
Uncertain (U) 7.32%
No answer 21.95%
Should the Community Councils from the various local areas join together and create a public group, with all meetings accessible to the public, to consult with the local communities and seek independent studies investigating local concerns?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 85.37%
No (N) 12.20%
No answer 2.44%
If the Community Councils formed a group to examine local concerns over Mossmorran, should members of the public be allowed to serve on the group?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 90.24%
No (N) 4.88%
No answer 4.88%
If the Community Councils formed a group to examine local concerns over Mossmorran, should representatives from Fife Council be allowed to serve on the group?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 46.34%
No (N) 46.34%
No answer 7.32%
If the Community Councils formed a group to examine local concerns over Mossmorran, should representatives from ExxonMobil and Shell be allowed to serve on the group?
Answer Percentage
Yes (Y) 46.34%
No (N) 46.34%
No answer 7.32%

Questions – Group 8

Is there any additional comments you would like to make?

Im fed up of seeing the discharged smoke coloured to match the cloud cover and amount increases with the amount of cloud, grey smoke on a dull day, white on a clearer day, lots through the night.

Mossmorran has been a blight on the area for years

Make the public fully aware of all risks and listen to them and manage their concerns fairly.

I hate the fact that they use steam to cover the reek which is still pumped out, but cause it looks clean, we are told everything is ok.

Not only do we have to put up with the flaring and noise from Mosmorran, we know have those ghastly windmills to blast the air from Mosmorran over to us. View from my kitchen window was bad enough with just Mosmorran, now……!!

Mossmorran is extreemely dangerous and unhealthy for the surrounding communities, and should be closed down. Such plants should not be situated within 25 miles of towns or villages. Corrupt local representatives are obviously being given and accepting gifts/bribes to turn a blind eye to the dangers and keep the general public ignorant of the true facts.

People living outwith the immediate locality may still be affected by emmissions and events at Mossmoran.

when there are emergencies and gas has to be burnt off the noise coming from the flare is like a jet engine and buildings vibrate!

Thank God someone is doing something about this at last. Communities round Mossmorran have been hugely and repeatedly let down by government at all levels.The wind turbines now going up are the last straw.

these concerns and safety issues should have been set up many years ago ,there should also be a compilation of medical studies in the area and compared to the rest of the country as i believe like most people in our local communites that there are far too many medical complaints that are linked to this plant

Seen tonight a black dirty flame. Goodness knows what crap is being released into out air

The local communities are being disregarded by Fife Council, The Scottish Government and Developers. Anything that stops the local area being protected from over development and environmental issues can only be a good thing.

The moss has been a blight for years and to allow the wind farm is an absolute disgrace. Haven’t we suffered enough? What next will be dumped on us at the top of the town. How about a landfill between the houses and bypass? Then everybody can continue to dump their shit on us.

well done on the survey about bloody time someone did something. The moss gets away with so much and the council let them. Expect a white wash to dismiss our concerns. there needs to be a public inquiry into the wind farm, mossmorran, fife council.

Your comments about gifts does not cover ‘hospitality’ which I assume is intended for purposes of networking etc. as stated publicly by local councillors – hospitality is not a gift and should have been differentiated.

this survey is good and very inportant, but i feel this should have been adressed many years ago and would like to say rip to all the cancer victims in the community x

Much as I appreciate the work that has gone into this study, it strictly only measure ‘perception of risk’. No matter what we THINK the scientific community + shell/exonmobile, the government and ultimately those who can get rid of this blight on our lifel What is needed is a full, scientific, independent, independently financed research project. I believe Glasgow University took an interest at one time but I have not been able yet to make any contacts there. These studies cost many thousands and most of the money is available through academic grants. Again thank for doing all of this work.

Further Information

We are seeking more participants and will be releasing the data into the public domain once we have reached 300 responses. To participate in the anonymous survey, please visit https://lochgelly.org.uk/losw-survey/index.php/survey/index/sid/264747.

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