Protect Clyde Marine Life: STOP PeelPorts Oil-Rig Decommissioning Facility
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I'll start off by posting a link to the YouTube video that CessCon Decom has uploaded with the proposed extensions to the Fairlie site. If you watch it, I'm sure you'll be equally as terrified of the potential consequences of this business venture for the elite. Here is the link, please watch and share it on Facebook and Twitter with your message:
The most important thing to remember here is that all of this has gone unapproved without an Environmental Impact Assessment! This is known as an EIA. These people simply do not care about the essential marine habitat and stunning landscape they are set to destroy, they only care about profit. There is no future for marine mammals in the Clyde with this senseless destruction of their home.
If you appreciate the beauty of the Clyde and all its amazing creatures, visiting Largs and Fairlie beach, Arran and cycling round Millport in the summer, you deserve to have a say in this. Dolphins and porpoises are PROTECTED species! If the destruction of habitats for elephants, orangutangs, and gorillas is important to you: this is the equivalent for dolphins and porpoises happening right here in your back garden.
The noise coming off of the site today (7/6/18) as the site begins to prepare for these extensions is terrible. And they have only ONE of their machines operating. If the plans go ahead, this will take place 24/7, meaning that residents will have to withstand the constant crashing and banging of machinery on a massive scale. The marine mammals living in the sea can only be enduring more noise and disruption than us above sea level. They will be forced either to move from their longstanding home of Fairlie Bay, suffering the loss of vital social interaction and communication with other marine mammals, and lose important breeding sites.
CessCon Decom intends to tow semi-subs and other oil infrastructure in from all over the world into Fairlie for the next 25 years! It is of great concern, and also bizarre that the project is being permitted to proceed without an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Their argument being that each individual scrappage will be individually assessed. This is nonsense; the whole concept needs to be environmentally assessed before continuing. This is like building a car factory and not doing an environmental impact survey until you have made the first car. Dolphins, porpoises, whales, seals, birds, and even us humans are ALL at risk from the adverse effects of this decommissioning site.
The yard will in fact have considerable impact on sea life, birds, cetaceans and crustaceans on the Fairlie sands. Perhaps the biggest environmental impact will be on Homo sapiens. (We are often forgotten.)
Cutting up oil rigs and ships is dangerous, noisy and dirty and for these reasons it is usually carried out away from population centres. During the work there are usually fatalities. It is likely that operations will continue over 24hours and they will be noisy, very noisy. In Fairlie we will hear the hum of generators, the crash of metal against metal, the rumble of bulldozers and the familiar beep, beep, beep every time a crane or heavy machinery moves on its tracks. The process of cutting up metal structures is messy and there is no doubt that there will be dust problems in Fairlie. Vegetable growers and farmers should also be concerned about the eventual build-up of chromium in the soil.
There will possibly be three or more rigs parked at the asset preparation jetty (Hunterston Jetty) right in front of Fairlie. Semi-subs will moor ballasted up on their pontoons. Don’t forget the rigs they intend to park in front of our houses are some of the tallest structures ever constructed in the world. The rig shown in the promotional film is just a little baby.
Credit to the Clyde Porpoise - Marine Mammal Project for the header photo.
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