ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH A PIPELINE LANDFALL IN COASTAL DUNES AT CRUDEN BAY, ABERDEENSHIRE, SCOTLAND

William Ritchie

Abstract


The first oil pipeline from the North Sea area reached Scotland in 1973. The landfall, at Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire, is a sediment-filled, bay-head beach with coastal dunes. Environmental and landscaping problems arose with the trenching of the beach and dune areas. Various methods, including flexible fence construction, spraying with a bitumen compound and spreading of soil over vulnerable areas, protected the site successfully. Full revegetation took place later and the beach and dune area are now restored to their original condition. Environmental management techniques were designed to preserve the high amenity and ecological status of the site and minimise the risk of side-effects, both during and after engineering work.

Keywords


environmental problems; pipeline; pipeline landfall; coastal dune; Cruden Bay

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