Mark Lappin, the European boss of Dart Energy and the public face of the company’s controversial plan to exploit underground gas in Scotland, has resigned.
He left on Friday to take up a better-paid job with the gas firm, Centrica, in Aberdeen, where he lives. His departure follows the stalling of Dart’s planning applications to sink 22 wells at 14 sites to extract coalbed methane at Airth near Falkirk.
After prolonged delays by Falkirk and Stirling councils and over 1,500 objections, Dart appealed to the Scottish government for a decision last month. But now both councils have urged ministers to hold a public inquiry.
Lappin joined Dart Energy in April 2012 as Europe General Manager responsible for progressing the company’s flagship development at Airth. Before that he worked for 16 years with the US oil giant, ExxonMobile, in Aberdeen, Texas and Germany.