South Hook LNG power station should not be built in national park, says FoE
12:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
A PEMBROKESHIRE environmental group says that a new power station planned for the South Hook LNG terminal near Herbrandston should not be built in the national park.
In its response to the National Infrastructure Planning process, Pembrokeshire Friends of the Earth welcomed the use of energy efficient technology planned for the facility but also raised concerns about the potential impact on the marine environment.
A spokesperson for the group said: “We oppose the siting of this power station within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
"National Park areas are meant to have particular regard for landscape and environmental protection. This regard is rigorously implemented in response to applications for wind turbines, many of which are turned down. The same principle should apply to fossil fuel applications. We believe it is important that the basic principle of greater environmental and landscape protection within the National Park areas should be adhered to."
Friends of the Earth added that ongoing issues relating to industrial and shipping activities in the area should be addressed before the power station was granted the go-ahead.
The spokesman went on: “We are also very concerned that the Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation has been adversely impacted by industrial and other activities in the Milford Haven waterway. it is imperative that the proposed power station at South Hook does not cause further harm to this important marine environment.
“We support the proposal by Marloes & St Brides Community Council that the main CHP power station building design should be modified to incorporate a photovoltaic roof array which would operate as a Community Solar Farm.”
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