The first shipment of US shale gas is arriving in Scotland amid a fierce debate about the future of fracking in the UK. A tanker carrying 27,500m3 of ethane from US shale fields is due to dock at Grangemouth, the refinery and petrochemicals plant owned by Ineos. The company said the gas would replace dwindling North Sea supplies and secure the future of the plant’s workforce. But many politicians and environmental groups have criticised the shipment. The Scottish government – which has placed a moratorium on all fracking in Scotland while a study into its impact is carried out – said ministers were “unavailable to attend” the arrival of the shale gas shipment.
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The arrival of a giant tanker in the Firth of Forth in Scotland on Tuesday will signal the opening of a “virtual pipeline” transporting vast amounts of gas from US fracking wells – blamed for causing “human suffering and environmental destruction” – to Europe. Ineos, the company that runs the giant refinery at Grangemouth, plans to eventually transport more than 800,000 tonnes of ethane, using eight specially built ships, across the Atlantic every year – and claims this new supply could “revolutionise” UK manufacturing.
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CAMPAIGNERS on both sides of the Atlantic are condemning bosses of the petrochemical giant Ineos for profiting from what they described as highly destructive shale gas extraction in Pennsylvania. Almost 10,000 have wells have been drilled there with a devastating effect on local communities and the environment. One of the companies supplying Ineos with ethane – Range Resources – has been fined $4.15 million (£3.1m) for environmental pollution. And, as a tanker loaded with ethane prepares to dock in Grangemouth, Broad Alliance – a global coalition of communities opposed to such oil and gas development – has issued a plea from Pennsylvania: “Please don’t accept these shipments of fracked liquid gases.¦ Americans are being sacrificed by having this production near their homes, schools and farms. Thousands of violations have been unc overed, showing that our air and water has been polluted by the process of extraction and gas production.”
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AN SNP MP has admitted that he will continue to oppose fracking even if research commissioned by Nicola Sturgeon proves the controversial gas extraction technique to be entirely safe. Martyn Day will today witness the first ever shipment of fracked gas from US shale fields arrive in Scotland when a huge purpose built ship docks at chemical giant Ineos’s Grangemouth industrial plant, the largest employer in his Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency. While SNP ministers are to snub the event and protestors are expected at the site, Mr Day will attend and said he welcomed the arrival of fracking gas from America because the new supply line, which will ensure regular deliveries for years to come, will secure “real jobs” in the area. But he insisted he w ill continue to oppose the method in Scotland, rejecting a claim from Jim Ratcliffe, the billionaire Ineos boss who wants to establish a fracking industry across the central belt, that welcoming overseas imports of shale gas while opposing it at home amounted to hypocrisy.
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There’s a moratorium on fracking here in Scotland because of the huge public opposition to it. It is seeing the suffering of communities and damage to the environment in the US that has led to communities the length and breadth of Scotland calling for a permanent ban on fracking. In Pennsylvania, where almost 10,000 wells have been drilled in the Marcellus Shale, people have seen their livelihoods destroyed, their local environment perhaps irreparably damaged and are linking certain sicknesses and ill health to the arrival of the industry in their neighbourhoods. INEOS are importing ethane from gas fracked in the Marcellus shale, where one of their suppliers, Range Resources, has attracted record fines for environmental violations and is implicated in gagging orders against children. INEOS also want to frack the central belt of Scotland, where they own or hold a majority stake in all onshore oil and gas licenses, and vast areas of Northern England despite strong opposition there too.
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