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Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Toxic Ships, No Thanks; Renewable Energy Engineering Jobs, Yes Please

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

Highlands and Islands Green MSP Eleanor Scott today reacted with dismay that the Nigg yard could become a dumping ground for ships laden with toxic cargo from the United States.  Instead, she said the yard should be used to develop the Scottish renewable energy engineering industry.

It was revealed today that one of the four companies bidding for the yard is Able UK who would reportedly bring ships carrying toxic cargo for processing.

Eleanor Scott MSP said: “I’m dismayed by the suggestion that those toxic ships, containing asbestos and who-knows-what other toxic chemicals, should come to Nigg.  We will oppose this vigorously.  The Nigg fabrication yard is situated in the environmentally sensitive Cromarty Firth and close to designated areas important for bird and aquatic life.  Of course development CAN happen there, as the Nigg yard has shown in the past, but not the sort of development that could risk the health of the whole local environment and the people there.

“People in the area hope to see the Nigg yard used for environmentally responsible, sustainable development such as production for renewable energy.  There are 7000 jobs potentially in the marine energy sector – these are the jobs we want.  These toxic ships came from America – America must deal with its own toxic waste.”

The development was reported exclusively today in the Herald: www.theherald.co.uk/news/40505-print.shtml