26 Sep '11, 12pm

Salmon farm threatens scottish island of Eigg's green credentials

Salmon farm threatens scottish island of Eigg's green credentials

Eddie Scott remembers the last time he heard the clatter of a diesel generator on the pristine Isle of Eigg off the north-west coast of Scotland. It was three and a half years ago, just before Eigg became self-sufficient with power from their groundbreaking, sustainable electricity system. 'It's from that point in time that peace descended on the island', says Scott. He is one of the residents on Eigg who are worried about a proposed fish farm on the east coast of the island, which the Scottish Salmon Company are in the process of doing pre-application research for. The fish farm would bring diesel generators back on the island for the first time since February 2008. The community-owned Isle of Eigg has profiled itself as a green island since switching on their sustainable electricity grid, and the efforts of the community have not gone unnoticed. In January last year, the...

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