Revolt News 142

14/03/03

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Revolt News 142

1. Received by email - report of (among other things) a decision by the worlds largest insurance body, Lloyds of London, to refuse insurance cover to cell phone and power generating companies against damage to workers and consumers health.
Ref. < http://the-news.net >

2. Snip from the latest all-energy newsletter < info@all-energy.co.uk >: 3.17.
Wind hydrogen winner Declan Pritchard has won the IEE 'New Spirit Challenge' for his role in developing the latest in wind hydrogen technology.
 www.wind-hydrogen.com/PR_feb.pdf 

3. From D&S Times 28.3.03:
(a) Report of Picton Parish Meeting headed "Time to move on as pylon fight is lost". Different views were expressed at the meeting. Resident Barry Preece repeatedly criticised the firm, while chairperson Cllr Linda Mottram said it was a lost cause. It was noted that NG will be working at Picton longer than elsewhere, well into next year, as both lines converge there and various temporary diversions and reconnections are necessary. The parish council were promised 5,000 pounds from NG, which has been allocated controversially to church repairs (according another front page article).
(b) A letter from Joanne Aston, from Over Silton, scathingly criticised NG and the pylons (see Appendix 1 below).

4. From Times On Line passed on by Angela Kelly of Country Guardian: A new report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has criticised ministers for refusing to take a stand on the future of nuclear power, even though, it says, a new generation of reactors is essential if greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced. ... The recent Energy White Paper, however, failed to consider the issue, with ministers instead taking the "perplexing" decision that further public consultation was needed. ... There is "no prospect" of meeting goals of generating 10 per cent of electicity by 2010, and 20 per cent by 2020, from renewable sources. ... Ian Gibson, the committeešs Labour chairman, was particularly critical of the Energy Minister, Brian Wilson, who had shied away from a difficult challenge.

5. News of the Basslink project in Australia from Madelon Lane - see Appendix 2.

6. At a meeting 13.2.03, NG explained the sequence of installation work:
(a) temp towers and local diversion of circuits at Picton one at a time (spring 2003);
(b) connecting the old Norton-Picton line at Picton to the new Picton - Shipton line, one circuit at a time (May 2003);
(c) temp works and diversions as the new Lackenby - Picton line criss- crosses the old Lackenby-Crathorne-Norton 275kV line (Aug-Nov 2003);
(d) connecting the new Lackenby-Picton line to the old Picton-Thornton line (that's the one east of Easingwold);
(e) removal of the old 275kV line and the end of the dead spur at Shipton (late 2003-04).

During step (a) there will be only one 400kV circuit ("half" a line) connecting Teesside to York.
For step (b) the Picton-Shipton line will need to be complete and connected up at Shipton to the existing dead spur to Osbaldwick (in York).

7. Reports this weekend complain of NG leaving cables strewn across a bridle-way at Huby putting horses at risk.

8. I was pleased to visit a nice example of rural CHP at Derry in Northern Ireland last week en route to Donegal to give a presentation there. Rural Generation Ltd has 45 hecatres of willow coppice cropped every three years (15 Ha per year) to fuel local CHP providing 100 MW electricity plus 180 MW heat. It is renewable electricity because more carbon is absorbed in the coppice growth than is emitted in the generator. It uses a wood-chip gasification unit which feeds a converted second hand diesel generator, which can be switched between diesel or gas or a combination of both. The net annual revenue is 23,000 pounds per annum from the electricity, and the heat provides many uses on the farm including drying grain and wood-chips. An even more profitable by- product is sewage treatment in the coppice. The other visitor there that day, to my surprise, was James Campbell of Oneholmes Farm, Seamer, near Stokesley.
For more, see < http://www.ruralgeneration.com >

9. Snips from Electromagnetic Hazard & Therapy, 13 (3-4), March 2003, which includes Powerwatch News.
See < www.em-hazard-therapy.com > and <  www.powerwatch.org.uk >.
(a) Protestors in Ballygawley, Northern Ireland, have felled a 150 foot pylon carrying many antennas, and blocked access to it. A mobile phone mast has also been toppled in Tiverton, Devon.
(b) Sir Walter Bodmer was due to retire 1.4.03 as chairman of NRPB. He is replaced by Professor Bill Stewart, who chaired the group which produced the Stewart Report on mobile phones. At the same time the NRPB becomes part of the new Health Protection Agency.
(c) TETRA's viability for the three emergencies services has been severely questioned by an independent audit.
(d) Proposed radar at Fylingdales raises serious health concerns: a booklet given to visitors to the Phased Array Radar (PAR) at RAF Fylingdales tells them to keep their mobile phones switched off to prevent them being damaged from RF power, and that remote car locks may not function, but it doesn't mention health risks.
(e) My paper to the Luxembourg conference is reproduced in full.
(f) Over 1,000 German medical doctors have signed the Frieburger Appeal, calling on the German government and other authorities to reduce public exposure to pulsed microwaves, citing many illnesses observed.
The full version is at < www.hese-project.org >.

10. NYCC, with City of York and the two National Parks, has published a pre-deposit Draft Structure Plan. North Yorkshire CPRE say "it is an excellent plan", giving pride of place to sustainability and "very firm about the negative impact of large-scale wind-power".
The draft plan is at < www.nystructureplan.org >.

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APPENDIX 1 - letter in D&S Times from Joanne Aston

Sir, The National Grid wiped away my delight in a fine spring morning today. Driving towards Northallerton from Jeater Houses, I encountered for the first time, the full enormity of the Lackenby-Picton-Shipton line. I had already noted, with dismay, the earlier stages of this work - the loutish "up yours" salute on Winton Bank, the witless vandalism of the giant jackboot by the Cod Beck bridge at Kirby Sigston, the barbarous intrusion near Cotcliffe Wood - but was still unprepared for the sheer awfulness of what I saw. For years I have enjoyed the sight of the Cod Beck valley at Kirby Sigston but now the entire vista, from left to right, is bisected by the cables gleaming in the sun, as if a vicious halfwit has daubed graffiti across a painting. It seems the National Grid has deliberately and spitefully inflicted the pylons in the most prominent and aesthetically sensitive places - no doubt as a mean, crual and final insult to the protesters who dared, so presumptuously, to object to them. I trust Lord Wakeham, Michael Heseltine and Margaret Beckett, who each played a shameful part in this "screw the non-southerners" debacle, receive their just deserts. Meanwhile, I don't have to see the evidence of their indifference every day - I could weep for those who do. Joanne Aston, Over Silton, Thirsk

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APPENDIX 2 - News from Basslink

NEWS FLASH FROM THE PICKET LINE, STRADBROKE

Basslink surveyors snuck onto the picketed property on Thursday morning 3 April 2003, with no appointment, no permission and no site management plan or approved biosecurity procedure. Picketers accompanied the farmer Charles Attenborough, to confront the surveyor and saw him and his pegs off the property. This sort of behaviour sets a new low mark (even for Basslink!) in corporate bad manners, unprofessional conduct and lack of ethics.

BASSLINK PICKET LINE AT MERRIMANS CREEK, STRADBROKE

The Basslink Concerned Citizens Coalition Inc in conjunction with farmers in the Merrimans Creek Valley have set up a Community Picket line to prevent unauthorised surveying of properties by Basslink Pty Ltd (BPL).

AIMS OF THE COMMUNITY PICKET

To stop BPL approaching landowners directly to negotiate access for surveying their pylon route. BPL have been clearly instructed by farmers to communicate via their solicitors. Farmers continue to get phone calls, visits and letters at their homes from BPL. This should not be happening.

To stop BPL's surveyors from surveying properties where access has not been agreed.

No work should be happening on-ground with Basslink until key conditions laid down in the approvals process have been met. BPL has failed to put in place an agreed complaints procedure, they have not circulated landowners with copies of their Site Management Plans, they have not yet convened to our knowledge the overseeing Committee for Environmental Management of the Basslink Project.

Shire and Community Representatives have not been appointed as yet to the Environmental Management Committee. Basslink Concerned Citizens Coalition seeks at least one place on this Committee.

Basslink Concerned Citizens Coalition seek an independent review of the phoney Planning Process used for the Basslink Project.

The Basslink Joint Advisory Panel failed to
1) make independent evaluations of information tendered by the Basslink proponent;
2) properly consider independent criticism of the project as proposed by National Grid;
3) consider the economic basis of the Project;
4) get any Environmental Effects Statement for their own amended Basslink route through Gippsland;
5) consider the impacts of the new marine cable in Bass Strait;
6) consider the safety of swimmers at Woodside beach with altered shark behaviour due to the marine cable;
7) properly consider the impacts on the beach and reefs at McGaurans Beach;
8) consider the impacts of exclusion of fishing from these rich reefs.

SUPPORT FOR THE COMMUNITY PICKET LINE

The Community Picket is maintained by local Gippslanders from the Basslink Concerned Citizens Coalition, including affected farmers. We fly the CFMEU, Gippsland flag as part of the Union Green Bans against Basslink.

Cheers Madelon Lane, Basslink Concerned Citizens Coalition

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Mike O'Carroll

 

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