I recall vaguely that there was a similar debate 'way back in the 19th century, when local landowners complained that effluent discharged from Highland distilleries was killing off their salmon. No doubt someone will be able to provide a reference to it in one of the whisky history books.
And I'm sure there was a pollution scare a few years back at Girvan, caused by an accidental discharge of effluent into the sea from the grain distillery there?
Bowmore seem to be leading the pack when it comes to efficent use of energy and materials.
and that Diageo will make an official response via a press release.
Aidan wrote:That's certainly true, but libel laws in the UK and Europe are much different to the US. Your papers are protected by the First Amendment. If I was a newspaper editor, I wouldn't take on a company with the resources of Diago unless I was sure about what I was printing.
Aidan, there's nothing in that article that does not appear to be 100% factual. It's a question of emphasis, and the impression left to the casual reader by such emphasis. "Diageo country's biggest polluter" grabs more eyeballs than "Pollution report stirs muddy waters".
The Boston paper yesterday started a series on charitable activity amongst the local sports franchises, a worthy and interesting story. But with a huge amount of generosity and good news to report, they chose to lead with a headline about, and photos of, certain highly-paid local athletes who don't give much to charities. It struck me as unnecessarily nasty, and, more important, not particularly relevant to the story as a whole. But it gets readers' attention, and that sometimes seems to be more important than focussing on the real story.
Does this have something to do with whisky? Maybe...but we are veering perhaps too close to political topics (or I am, anyway). It will be interesting, in any case, to follow the story, as effluent is indeed an unavoidable fact of the whisky industry. In the meantime, I will say what I always do when I find myself wandering a little too far from the topic at hand:
Whisky is good!
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/environment/ ... uality.pdf
Re Diageo - we can read the SEPA report tomorrow, and put any newspaper "sensationalism" into its proper perspective.
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