A coal-fired power plant which produced twice the legal amount of toxic gas for seven years has been awarded a £10m state subsidy to produce electricity for a single year. Aberthaw in Barry, in the Vale of Glamorgan, describes itself as “one of the most efficient coal-fired power stations in the UK”. However, in September last year, the European Court of Justice ruled that it had breached the legal limit for nitrogen oxide for seven years, emitting more than double the permitted level. The power plant was one of the successful bidders in a capacity market auction held by the National Grid on behalf of the Government. The Business Secretary has still to formally approve the results.
Independent 7th Feb 2017 read more »
Police are investigating threats made against workers at a fracking site and protests which forced local companies to stop supplying the project. Notes were left for construction workers at Cuadrilla’s site near Blackpool saying “watch out, we know where you live” and giving their names and home towns. Two building material suppliers issued statements this week announcing that they would no longer work with Cuadrilla after their depots were blockaded by activists. The protests have involved some local people, but also a growing number of seasoned activists from around the country, including some with criminal records.
Times 8th Feb 2017 read more »