Say no to dirty coal at Hunterston

Some background info, courtesy of the RSPB:

“Developers are planning to build a huge coal-fired power station at Hunterston in North Ayrshire. If built, this would have a devastating impact on one of the best areas for wildlife on the Firth of Clyde and destroy a huge part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Inter-tidal habitats like this are vital for wading birds, such as redshank, and curlew. They also act as ‘service stations’ for thousands of ducks, which use them to top up on energy during their long migrations.

Coal power stations like this are the dinosaurs of the energy industry, because they pump massive amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. The developer will have to fit technology to help capture and store these carbon emissions. But these technologies aren’t yet commercially or technically proven at this scale, and crucially, would only be required to deal with a small proportion of Hunterston’s emissions. Millions more tonnes of CO2 would be released – so much for Scotland’s ambitious targets to stop climate chaos.”

And think of all the lovely pollution!

If you object and would like your voice to be heard, click here to fill out and submit the RSPB’s prepared template.

4 Comments

  1. My Grandparents were apart of the coal generation. My Granddad was a miner, and most of the houses in Pittsburgh at the time were heated by burning coal. If he was alive today would he think that the future advances in technology the he dreamed about in that deep dark hole were only an illusion. It is 2010, I think wind power turbines would be a cleaner solution. Good luck preserving the beauty of Hunterston. – Jeff

  2. pamf says:

    Hi Jeff – Indeed, we seem to be travelling back in time and all the promises of a clean energy future are looking suspect now. I should inform you that there is a nuclear power station located at Hunterston at the moment, but it is due to be decommissioned in 2016. Nonetheless, this would go right next to it where there is the SSSI and still some natural beauty. Let’s hope that it doesn’t come to pass, although the golf course being built by Mr Trump in Aberdeen is also going on an SSSI.

  3. Graeme says:

    There are actually 2 nuclear power stations there. Hunterston A stoped generation in 1992 which is now being decommissioned and Hunterston B stilll operating and will do so beyond 2016.

    There is also a deep water Ore Terminal which has been there for quite few decades, it mainly lands coal these days adjacent to that you’ll also find the disused area where they built the dry dock for the Trident boats in the late 80’s – a structure that was 25% bigger than the QE2.

  4. pamf says:

    Thanks, Graeme, for keeping the record straight!

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