Stirling councillors pledge to fight Dart Energy’s Forth Valley gas plans

Dart EnergyStirling Councillors have voted to oppose the planning application to extract gas from local coal beds by Stirling-based Dart Energy.

Dart Energy plans to extract coal bed methane using a series of wells and boreholes, three of which are proposed in the Stirling area, with a further 11 proposed in the Falkirk area.

Members of Stirling Council’s planning and regulation panel unanimously agreed to oppose any granting of permission following a meeting last week.

Scottish Ministers are due to rule on the planning application in Spring 2014.

Stirling councillor Margaret Brisley said: “The panel has resolved to oppose the granting of planning permission with regards the forthcoming appeal by Dart Energy.

“This decision was reached on the basis that there are outstanding matters with regards environmental impact, and that the proposal is contrary to planning policy in respect of cumulative impact on the area.”

While the parent company hails from Singapore, with operations all around the world, Dart Energy (Europe) has its head offices in Stirling, just a few miles from the company’s prime UK project to extract coal bed methane from the Central Scotland coalfield, drilling into coal seams near Airth to obtain natural gas to feed into the national gas distribution.

Douglas Bain, UK General Manager, Dart Energy, said: “We have answered all questions and objections in an open and honest manner, regrettably the same cannot be said for certain anti-hydrocarbon campaign groups. Rather than engage with us in a science led debate they use misleading data and scare tactics to negatively influence local opinion. Such tactics are not only disingenuous but also disrespectful to the communities they claim to represent.”

“Dart Energy ever remains committed to positive engagement with the relevant communities on explaining its plans and reassuring on areas of genuine concern. It is interesting to note that, although highly vocal in its opposition, to date, Friends of the Earth Scotland has not accepted our invitations to discuss our plans with them.”

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