An insight into some aspects of life on site by Shropshire Star journalist James Shaw. It’s a shame he couldn’t have visited this week as the weather has been much nicer, but we really enjoyed his visit and hope he comes back soon. Thanks, James.
See the full article HERE
An interesting quote from UK Coal in this article;
”The protest is not causing an issue at the moment. In terms of the argument they put, that is undermined by the fact that if we do not recover the coal from the Huntington Lane site, an equivalent amount of coal will be imported to the UK from Russia, South Africa or Indonesia, which will travel 4,000 to 5,000 miles, instead of 40 or 50 miles to generate to power we all reply on.”
We have to take issue with this statement. During the public inquiry it became apparent that the quantity of coal being extracted from Huntington Lane will actually be within the load variance of the coal being imported from abroad. This indigenous coal also needs to be blended with the imported stuff before it can be used. This basically translates to this being ‘extra’ coal, therefore not affecting the quantity of imported coal in any way whatsoever. What a tragic waste, to destroy this beautiful area so close to the Short Woods for a little extra coal – the most damaging means of generating electricity ever developed by humankind.
UK Coal also made clear their true intentions by revealing that this coal will have to be transported “40 or 50 miles” which is a clear breach of the Sustainable Communities Act – stating a maximum distance of 30 miles from source to destination. Not only are UK Coal destroying a precious Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty in pursuit of climate wrecking coal, but doing so with a flagrant disregard for the Sustainable Communities Act.
Shame on you, UK Coal.