Palm Oil Power Station Action
Please object to a large biofuel power station in Portland, Dorset.
W4B Renewable Energy had their original application for a biofuel power station in Portland rejected by Weymouth & Portland Council in September, amidst concerns about the impact of biofuels in general and palm oil in particular on the climate, on forests and other ecosystems and on communities in the global South, as well as concerns over air pollution and public health in nearby areas. This was one of three similar planning applications recently rejected by local authorities in England and Wales.
W4B has now re-submitted plans for the Portland biofuel power station. They have not made material changes to the way the power station will operate. The re-submission simply presents more information to try to justify their original proposals.
W4B still intend to use palm oil as a fuel. More than 10,000 hectares of oil palm plantations would be required to supply this one power station, and even more land if other feedstock was used. W4B have mentioned jatropha as well as palm oil, yet jatropha is not yet commercially available, many plantings are failing, yet thousands of people have already lost their land and livelihood for jatropha plantations to feed Europe’s biofuel market. Peat expert Professor Siegert of Munich University has said about palm oil power stations in Germany: “We were able to prove that the making of these plantations and the burning of the rainforests and peat areas emits many thousands of times as much CO2 as we then are able to prevent by using palm oil. And that is a disastrous balance for the climate.” (tinyurl.com/y9xel3g) Ever more communities in countries like Colombia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Ecuador are losing their land to palm oil companies, with plantation expansion to a large extent driven by Europe’s biofuel policies.
Local residents will be affected by increased levels of nitrogen oxide and small particulates which are linked to respiratory and cardiac disease.
Go to http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/w4bnov2009.php to take action, and please let your friends and family know. Many thanks.