Government has pledged an unlimited blank cheque courtesy of the
public to the same companies, Toshiba/Westinghouse (NuGEN) responsible
for Fukushima. They want to build “the biggest nuclear development in Europe” here in Cumbria. Recent correspondence between Radiation Free Lakeland and
NuGEN shows that the developers have been given carte blanche to drill 100
boreholes on green fields at Beckermet and Greenmoorside.
Cumbria and Copeland Council have it seems, in 2012, given Planning
Consent over and above the heads of Cumbrians. There are no planning consents to be found online for Moorside. But there is consent given in May this year for
outbuildings at Peterburgh farm, Beckermet for conversion to holiday
dwellings. This same farm would be the outer part of the Moorside site
and would be demolished.
Our councillors have in effect given undemocratic, most likely illegal and
certainly unethical consent to three new, untried, untested and not even yet designed nuclear reactors and associated nuclear sprawl.
The first stage of “exploratory” boreholes has started. Boreholes are
being drilled 85m into areas of Greenmoorside known to hold radioactive contamination from Sellafield deep beneath the land.
There will be no “Environmental Impact Assessment” until the land has been
well and truly trashed. Copeland Council, Cumbria County Council and the
Environment Agency have given free rein to the nuclear industry to do as
they will with land owned by the public purse.
Meanwhile movers and shakers such as Friends of the Lake District and Cumbria Wildlife Trust have been busily engaged in the nonsensical Pylon consultation.
Nonsensical because if Moorside is halted, the pylons will not go ahead.
But the movers and shakers say they will not oppose Moorside because they
are passively waiting for a consultation from the developers. They might
as well wait for the Titanic to set sail.
In reply to Radiation Free Lakeland NuGEN have said: “You will not find
permits for the boreholes currently being drilled on the
Moorside site as they are not required. The planning consent NuGen was
granted in 2012 permits the drilling of the boreholes. The Environment
agency are aware of this activity …. a specific permit is not required”.
Cumbrians should oppose Moorside now before more tax payer millions are
spent. Nuclear will bankrupt our democracy, economy, our health and our
The online Stop Moorside petition has gathered nearly 5000 signatures with virtually no mainstream publicity
Planning Permission for Holiday Dwellings on Moorside’s Military Fences??
Just some of the Boreholes..http://www.nugeneration.com/download/L148_British_Energy_Coast_RFP_for_Geo_Hydro_Drilling_v1_0.pdf