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Legal Loophole to Extract Peat
Plans to dig out large amounts of Scotland’s precious peat from a landowner’s estate near Edinburgh look set to go ahead despite widespread opposition from conservationists and government.

A loophole in the law is likely to allow peat to be extracted from Auchencorth Moss on the Penicuik Estate in breach of local and national planning policy. Peat is a vital store of carbon, and is meant to be protected to help prevent climate pollution.

The peat extraction is planned to take place in a local wildlife area, and next to a site of special scientific interest protected under conservation law. Mining and using peat releases carbon pollution, which disrupts the climate.


 
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