Target: Provost of Aberdeenshire, Councillor Hamish Vernal
Goal: Inspect and stop oil spill from former landfill site to prevent the destruction of Scotland’s coast.
Oil has been seeping unchecked into the North Sea from a former landfill site in Blackdog, Scotland. Despite urgent requests from residents, the local council has not yet acted to inspect the site or stem the spill. The pollution has become so bad that many parents are banning their children from going to the beach as health concerns rise in the area.
The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and local council members insist that as the land is private property, their hands are tied. However, a public register in Aberdeenshire shows that the former Blackdog landfill has been identified as contaminated property on multiple occasions, since as early as 2004. In spite of this, the Council has not acted to prevent further oil and contamination from entering the North Sea. Residents say the contamination is so bad that they can’t even walk their dogs on the beach anymore.
Recent non-stop rainfall in Aberdeen is believed to be the culprit behind the increase in the seepage, but the council should not have waited until this long to act. And now that the spill has reached this level of severity, powerful measures should be put in place immediately to reach those responsible and ensure the spill is stemmed and cleaned up as best as possible.
By signing this petition you help to urge the council to act now and stop more oil from polluting Blackdog Beach. This not only helps to increase the quality of life for Blackdog residents, but gives wildlife who need the ocean to survive a fighting chance. Act now before it is too late.
Dear Provost of Aberdeenshire,
Oil is seeping from the old Blackdog landfill into the North Sea. Not only does this pose a problem for residents in the area, but it also affects aquatic wildlife and will spread to surrounding areas if left unchecked. This will not just bring bad publicity on Aberdeen, but on the authorities responsible for finding and acting on a solution to this serious problem.
We are aware that your councilors have been working with SEPA to inspect the property and stem the spill. We are also aware of the limitations which come from the fact that the former landfill is private property. However, records show that the council has known that the landfill posed a contamination and/or pollution threat since as early as 2004. As result, the council had more than a decade to prepare for the catastrophe which plagues the residents today.
Still it is not too late to act. Oil spills are hard to contain but harder still to clean up once the problem has grown and spread – not to mention more expensive. We urge you to spare more resources for fixing this problem before it gets any worse. Regain the trust of your residents by showing the Aberdeenshire Council’s commitment towards protecting the natural resources and wildlife it oversees.
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