PLANS to dredge a huge area of the seabed at Hunterston as part of an oil rig decommissioning yard project has been uncovered by a freedom of information request.
A total of 2.4 million cubic metres of subsea dredging has been requested by Peel Ports – a 12 fold increase on the original 150,000 to 200,000m3 which featured in their application to North Ayrshire Council in 2017.
Concerns have been raised that the application could have a drastic impact on the neighbouring Southannan Sands.
The new dredging plan came to light as a result of a request to the Scottish Government from environmental campaigners.
Marine Scotland previously advised the developer that Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was not required, however that position has now come under review given the proposals for significantly increased dredging volume.
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