Thomas the Stank Engine – going through a Station Near YOU. Chance 2Get Active this Saturday at Crewe

Thomas the Stank Engine got his name because he hauls train wagons which contain very stinky, very dirty, and very nasty nukiller waste (unshielded nuclear waste can kill a human in a minute and this stuff is trapsed around the country to Sellafield) Come tell the tale of Thomas and his mates! Join campaigners from …

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Troubled Waters – Article Update

The nuclear industry’s freshwater use is far greater than that of ANY other industry. More info coming up soon but for now here is a reminder from a previous blog of the awful tale of our Troubled Waters . Note the mix of water West Cumbrians are recieving in this hot summer is now 50% Ennerdale and 50% borehole water..


Many thanks to Scisco Media for publishing the “Troubled Waters” article.  There is an update to the article as we now have answers to a Freedom of Information request from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority who have replied that they will not be stopping their abstraction of 36 mega litres a day from the river Ehen and that there has been NO research done on the impact on for example fresh water pearl mussels from this abstraction from the Ennerdale/Ehen catchment area .  They also say they are not using borehole water as compensation flow  into the Ehen (although they have in the past according to old documents as without compensation flow there is ‘drawdown” effect ).

So there you have it.  One rule for the nuclear industry who take 36Ml/d from the river Ehen and another for West Cumbrians whose domestic use from the Ennerdale/Ehen catchment “is now approx. 4Ml/d…

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Ticking Boxes – a poem by Duncan Ball – Sellafield worker for 20 years

Another anniversary . Duncan was too ill to accompany us on the walk which was his idea – he walked as far as he could to the pumping station at Wastwater. He was a real hero and his poetry holds more relevance to the Lake District today than Wordsworths.

Duncan Ball outside Sellafield during peace vigil of 2007 Talented poet and former nuclear foreman Duncan Ball outside Sellafield in 2007.

Ticking Boxes

The boxes are ticked by those men who’ve been picked, from the keenest

Of yes men there, for checks done each day so the bosses can say, that

Their workforce takes extra care.

But the bosses were tricked by some men that they picked for a job that

All liars can do composing old fiction that begs a

Conviction for writing what still isn’t true.

But on they run with boxes ticked, while welding’s cracked and

Something’s dripped, inside the cell where Foremen looked: for hours on

End in ‘Logs and books recording all the names of crooks who would’nt

See and didn’t look, behind those windows two foot feet, where fell a

Steady drip of ticks.

Soon crystals formed as crystals do, from tiny holes where pressure grew,

A mist of droplets spewing out, a…

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#DivestParliament Congratulations, Thank You and a Request to the Irish Parliament

** Thank You Thank You ** to the Irish Parliament and a ** Big Ask ** to protect the #IrishSea and #KeepCumbrianCoalintheHole

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole


photo credit Climate Action

Fantastic news! Ireland is on course to become the first country in the world to divest from fossil fuel assets. The Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill brought by Irish Parliamentarian Thomas Pringle is set to become law by the end of the year.

I have sent a letter to the Irish Government congratulating them on backing the Bill and asking them to keep the Irish Sea safe from the plan for a coal mine deep underneath the fragile and complex Irish Sea bed.

Please do send them your own letter of congratulations and request that the Irish Parliament do all they can to stop this crazy plan for a coal mine under the Irish Sea.

email the Irish Parliament at

Dear Houses of the Oireachtas

Planning Application 4/17/9007 –

Woodhouse Mine

First Deep Coal Mine in 30 Years and it is under the Irish Sea!


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High Risk Targets = Nuclear

There was an excellent article in last weeks Westmorland Gazette from Philip Gilligan of South Lakeland CND. The letter was sparked by the bomb alert at Barrow's Nuclear Sub Shipyard.  Philip makes the point (it does keep needing to be made!) that an explosion involving nuclear material would have catastrophic consequences. There are two videos …

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Opportunity to Get Involved – Help Leaflet at Nuclear Waste Train Open Day in Crewe

Demo to Stop Nuclear Waste Trains  (Carlisle Railway Station) Stop Nuclear Waste Trains - This Saturday in Crewe Our friends at Close Capenhurst Campaign will be leafleting outside the Gresty Bridge railway depot in Crewe this saturday.  Please do join in the battle to stop the insanity of nuclear waste trains travelling on our rail …

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Listen to the Dolphin – Not the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce!

This is what the Dolphin says: "New Nuclear? Construction 2 Catastrophe, You Pay! This is what the CEO of Cumbria's Chamber of Commerce says: " “The trick here is that they are, effectively, transferring risk from the private sector developer to the consumer" Rob Johnston, Chief Executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, Nuclear Sector Deal …

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Volunteers at Radiation Free Lakeland (nuclear safety campaign group based in Cumbria) have been sending soil and sand samples from West Cumbria's coastline to the US for testing.  The resulting report doesn't tell the whole story as funding meant only two isotopes were tested for ...even so fully one third of ALL samples tested contain …