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Letters / Angry and dismayed

Save Shetland are angry and dismayed to learn of the pollution to the Burn of Lunklet, a previously unspoilt and unique area, treasured by locals and tourists alike and recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The risks to the area were highlighted in an objection letter against the Scalla Field Batching Plant, which in the event was not developed, but cost the SIC time and money in their unsuccessful appeal.

The following is an extract: “The Lunklet Burn is a unique and scenic attraction, popular with locals as well as tourists. Studies have indicated that trout feeding into the SSSI protected area, are genetically intact and distinct populations that have been undisturbed since the ice age”.

SSE claim that “immediate mitigation was introduced” to rectify the situation.

SEPA’s statement that they had been made aware of the incident and that Viking had rectified the mistake, is no comfort.

What punishment did Viking get? Is SEPA actually doing its job of “protecting” the environment or is it sitting back and allowing these incidents to happen?

It is beyond belief that SSE have been nominated for the ‘Community Engagement Strategy in Shetland’, at the Scottish Green Energy Awards, given that we are aware of at least 50 environmental incidents/ concerns, reported to the authorities since the project began.

Perhaps not so surprising, given that SSE Renewables are one of the sponsors of the awards ceremony.

Save Shetland
Ernie Ramaker

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