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Flaring frequently takes place in Grangemouth. It is used to eliminate waste gas from petrochemical plants, and is the cheapest way to separate gas mixed with crude oil. Flaring also acts as a safety system, protecting equipment from being over-pressured.

According to the Sierra Club report “Unhealthy Effects of Upstream Oil and Gas Flaring“, flaring could lead to an increased risk of skin problems, spontaneous abortion and various types of cancer.

The emissions are dispersed over a wide area, and even at concentrations that are below what can be detected by smell, they can cause damage to human health.

Grangemouth resident Walter Inglis (right) shot the photographs below from his bedroom window to document the frequent flaring over Grangemouth.