Monthly Archives: March 2014

Inquiry day 10 – regulating acronyms

We had a day of PEDL, CAR, PPC, MEW and other TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms).*  This was the first day of hearing sessions – parties sitting around the table having a discussion rather than individual witnesses being grilled for hours.  … Continue reading

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Inquiry day 9 – defunct companies, carbon budgets and planning for the climate

Douglas Bain, in charge of the UK for Dart spoke this morning – after 8 days this was the first time anyone got to question someone actually from Dart Energy rather than their consultants.  Mr Bain made much of the … Continue reading

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Inquiry day 8 – Planning, energy policy and wishful thinking

Dart’s planning expert spent all day at the witness table today, several hours of it under the politely merciless scrutiny of our lawyer. Dart tried to go through all the historical sites for which they still had current planning permissions.  … Continue reading

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Inquiry day 7 – climate, health and planes

The other side tried to play games today, with our questioning under time pressure because we were told their air quality and climate witness had to leave by 10.  After follow up questions by the reporters and Dart’s QC he … Continue reading

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Inquiry day 6 – Cultural heritage and climate change

Today Concerned Communities of Falkirk got the opportunity to put Cultural Heritage, from participation to community values, in front of the Inquiry.  Input ranged from a very personal account of concern over the threat to a local resident’s dream home … Continue reading

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Inquiry day 5 – frogs and toxic rain

Today was the first day at Falkirk Stadium, rather more cramped than last week’s venue, but with much more reasonable prices for tea … Today’s special session took video evidence from Australia from toxics expert Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith and GP … Continue reading

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Inquiry day 4 – big beasts

We started the day with Dart’s witness on leaking methane saying that you can never get two geologists to agree. One of the undercurrents over many months has been the rivarlry between RPS and AMEC – two big beasts of … Continue reading

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Inquiry day 3 – Geology and Punk Rock

After 15 hours over two and half days of Dart’s witnesses we finally got to hear from a witness from the objectors, Emeritus Prof David Smythe from Glasgow University. He covered errors in which way faults ran and where the … Continue reading

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Inquiry day 2 – slow and careful …

Today was a slow day of carefully and thoroughly picking over lots of details about geology and hydrology from Dart’s witnesses, who had a pretty painful time.  So slow that the timetable is already slipping and we will likely need … Continue reading

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Dart Energy public inquiry opens

Protestors with placards welcomed the parties and witnesses to the Public Local Inquiry into Dart Energy’s proposals for Coal Bed Methane this morning at the Inchyra Hotel (lovely view of the petrochemicals plant out the back). The BBC and STV … Continue reading

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