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Monthly Archives: September 2012
E-Petition:Alternative energy for street lighting
Welsh Govt. Petition:
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Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) in Swansea Bay
(Letter to the South Wales Evening Post)
The Lougher Estuary proposal (Coal firms bid to produce energy from under estuary, page 4, Tuesday 28 September) is part of a wider plan to exploit the coal seams under Swansea Bay.
The spokesman for Cluff Coal states that Underground Coal Gasification (UCG), had been demonstrated on a commercial basis in the US. I have serious doubts about this statement.
What has been demonstrated is that it is possible to extract gas from ignited underground coal seams in commercial quantities; but they are a long way from demonstrating that it is safe to do so.
The companies involved will, of course, tell you that it is perfectly safe and controllable, glossing over the fact that currently there are thousands of underground coal seam fires burning uncontrolled across the world.
In Germany there are records showing one coal seam that burned continuously for over 400 years, and another that was first ignited in 1668 continues to burn today.
In Centralia, Pennsylvania an underground coal seam has been burning since May 1962. This has resulted in the whole borough being cleared of residents and all properties being seized by the state and condemned.
To deliberately set light to any underground coal seam is utter folly; to propose to do this beneath the sea is sheer madness. In areas as environmentally sensitive as the Lougher Estuary and Swansea Bay it is totally unacceptable.
Keith M Ross
PS – Regular readers to this blog will know of our opposition to fracking. UCG is extreme energy of an even more reckless kind.
Liberal Democrat Conference FoE Fringe – ‘Fracking and the Second Dash for Gas’ – summary
Sat, 22 September 2012 | DeHavilland Report – Event
Charitable Chaplaincy Campaign lobbies Welsh Government AMs
|The email message below was sent to every AM over the weekend by
The Charitable Chaplaincy Campaign, The Wales-wide, cross-party
Campaign for a charitable hospital chaplaincy.
It is posted here, with Alan’s Permission, to raise your awareness of the issue.
Dear ….. AM,
As you return to Senedd for the 2012/13 session you cannot fail to be
Health Boards are in deficit. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-19512500
We are asking a very simple question. How can public funding of
The Health Ministers of both the Third Assembly and the current
If the Wales NHS is to solve the difficult financial problems it now
Please discuss this matter with colleagues and challenge the Welsh
Tying the last two posts together ……..
Sustainable Wales Newsletter – Fairtrade Update
|FROM our friends at SUSTAINABLE WALES:
Successful trip to Lib Dem Conference in Brighton
|I was invited by Friends of the Earth to speak at their fracking fringe meeting at the Lib Dem Conference in Brighton on Saturday, and also got involved in their Global Frackdown action (involving cup cakes and helmets!) outside the Conference venue in the afternoon.With members of FoE and representatives of local fracking campaign groups from Lancashire (RAFF), Sussex (No FiBS), and Kent.
I was the Vale Says No! rep. Some of Frack Off’s direct action heroes were also in attendance.
At the packed fringe meeting.
Our messages appear to have been taken on board, the very next day, by Lib Dem Eneregy Secretary, Ed Davey:
Bridgend Green Party Meeting – Thursday 27th September
|Bridgend Green Party Meeting
7.00pm Thursday 27th September 2012 at the
The Railway PH at the bottom of Station Hill (upstairs meeting room). ALL WELCOME (Especially new members!)
NOTE – Venue is 1 minute’s walk from both the Bus and Train stations in Bridgend.
Global frackdown – this weekend in Brighton
|I am taking part in an event organised by FoE in Brighton as part of this Global anti-fracking initiative.
And after this I am a guest panellist at a fringe meeting of the Lib Dem Conference.
The fight continues!