Severn barrage could be ‘devastating to wildlife’

Severn barrage could be ‘devastating to wildlife’

Severn barrage could be ‘devastating to wildlife’

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A PROPOSED barrage across the Severn Estuary could be absolutely devastating to wildlife, MPs have heard.

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, RSPB and Angling Trust have told MPs at the House of Commons they all supported tidal energy development in the Severn, but that the current proposal lacks detail and claims that it would not unacceptably damage wildlife and large areas of habitat are realistic.

As well as doubting claims about the environmental impact of the barrage, all four organisations told the House of Commons Energy & Climate Committee they support future alternative smaller projects in the Severn Estuary to test and develop new tidal energy technology which Britain could export globally.

Wildlife and Wetlands Trust’s chief executive, Martin Spray, called for more information about the scheme.

He said: "We have got to get a little more clever about how we address the environment. There is potential for energy generation but we have to come up with environmentally sustainable, acceptable and sensible solutions."

Angling Trust National campaigns co-ordinator, Martin Salter said a full-width barrage across the estuary would mean fish dying due to sudden changes in water pressure and salinity, and through turbine strikes.

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5:13pm Sat 12 Jan 13

areyour4real says...

The Barrage will be the biggest employer this area has seen for years.

We should be welcoming it with open arms.

It will take 25 years to build and will be a real boost to the economy in South Wales and Newport.

The factories building parts would be world leaders and be used to build parts for similar projects being rolled out across the globe.
The Barrage will be the biggest employer this area has seen for years. We should be welcoming it with open arms. It will take 25 years to build and will be a real boost to the economy in South Wales and Newport. The factories building parts would be world leaders and be used to build parts for similar projects being rolled out across the globe. areyour4real
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5:21pm Sat 12 Jan 13

areyour4real says...

The danger to wild life is minimal and the idea from the Angling Trust that fish die due to sudden changes in water pressure and salinity is wrong.

The water will still flow and there will still be a tidal rise and fall the same as there is now, that's how energy is produced. Not all the water goes through the turbines.

This barrage will generate at least a 5 percent of the electricity needed in the UK.

We should get behind this project!
The danger to wild life is minimal and the idea from the Angling Trust that fish die due to sudden changes in water pressure and salinity is wrong. The water will still flow and there will still be a tidal rise and fall the same as there is now, that's how energy is produced. Not all the water goes through the turbines. This barrage will generate at least a 5 percent of the electricity needed in the UK. We should get behind this project! areyour4real
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6:06pm Sat 12 Jan 13

heresphil says...

Exactly right. This project represents the only realistic hope of a sustainable economic revival for Newport. Everyone business and political interest representing the city should be fighting hard for its approval instead of letting the environmental lobby dominate the arguments.

Yes, I love the ecological diversity of the Severn and it should be protected as much as possible but not when it actively hinders the creation of employment and opportunity for an area that desperately needs it.
Exactly right. This project represents the only realistic hope of a sustainable economic revival for Newport. Everyone business and political interest representing the city should be fighting hard for its approval instead of letting the environmental lobby dominate the arguments. Yes, I love the ecological diversity of the Severn and it should be protected as much as possible but not when it actively hinders the creation of employment and opportunity for an area that desperately needs it. heresphil
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6:17pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Robindabank says...

Darwinism will kick in, post barrage species will move on...law of the jungle.
Darwinism will kick in, post barrage species will move on...law of the jungle. Robindabank
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6:27pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Mervyn James says...

areyour4real wrote:
The Barrage will be the biggest employer this area has seen for years.

We should be welcoming it with open arms.

It will take 25 years to build and will be a real boost to the economy in South Wales and Newport.

The factories building parts would be world leaders and be used to build parts for similar projects being rolled out across the globe.
Quite ! Nimby's and naturalists start off well-meaning,then it becomes some sort of snobbery, and they feel bound to oppose anything and everything. The Barrage would bring a considerable amount of work to an are of the UK that is dying on kits knees. It is a straight choice, we give our people hope, or we simply take it away for a few fish and a few birds. Why don;t they find some compromise instead ? tooooooo easy !!!
[quote][p][bold]areyour4real[/bold] wrote: The Barrage will be the biggest employer this area has seen for years. We should be welcoming it with open arms. It will take 25 years to build and will be a real boost to the economy in South Wales and Newport. The factories building parts would be world leaders and be used to build parts for similar projects being rolled out across the globe.[/p][/quote]Quite ! Nimby's and naturalists start off well-meaning,then it becomes some sort of snobbery, and they feel bound to oppose anything and everything. The Barrage would bring a considerable amount of work to an are of the UK that is dying on kits knees. It is a straight choice, we give our people hope, or we simply take it away for a few fish and a few birds. Why don;t they find some compromise instead ? tooooooo easy !!! Mervyn James
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6:39pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Dave on his Soapbox says...

...yes it's only us humans who have areluctance to move because things change where we live.....wild animals simply move to somewhere else.
Birds will find somewhere else to migrate to/via......fish will swim somewhere......it's only the local twitters and anglers who will loose out.
...yes it's only us humans who have areluctance to move because things change where we live.....wild animals simply move to somewhere else. Birds will find somewhere else to migrate to/via......fish will swim somewhere......it's only the local twitters and anglers who will loose out. Dave on his Soapbox
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7:25pm Sat 12 Jan 13

cjwales1 says...

Robindabank wrote:
Darwinism will kick in, post barrage species will move on...law of the jungle.
Darwinism yeah right the birds will just fly a whole 5 miles down the estuary!!! Tree huggers showing lack of knowledge or foreward thinking yet again !!!
[quote][p][bold]Robindabank[/bold] wrote: Darwinism will kick in, post barrage species will move on...law of the jungle.[/p][/quote]Darwinism yeah right the birds will just fly a whole 5 miles down the estuary!!! Tree huggers showing lack of knowledge or foreward thinking yet again !!! cjwales1
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7:26pm Sat 12 Jan 13

cjwales1 says...

Not you Robin da bank LOL
Not you Robin da bank LOL cjwales1
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11:48pm Sat 12 Jan 13

rover100rich says...

im 48,when i was 17 i went to county hall to watch a debate on the proposed severn barage,a guy got up and said im 'so and so 'from friends of the earth ,what will happen to the severn bore,they laughed and answered,'there wont be a severn bore' ,now i dont know the answers and all these people will be shouting about employment but you dont get something for nothing,maybe that nothing will be silting up of the river upstream.
im 48,when i was 17 i went to county hall to watch a debate on the proposed severn barage,a guy got up and said im 'so and so 'from friends of the earth ,what will happen to the severn bore,they laughed and answered,'there wont be a severn bore' ,now i dont know the answers and all these people will be shouting about employment but you dont get something for nothing,maybe that nothing will be silting up of the river upstream. rover100rich
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11:49pm Sat 12 Jan 13

D Taylor says...

These are the same arguments that did for the Newport barrage. Has anyone in Newport ever seen a wild salmon in the Usk? I haven't and I was born and brought up near the river. Saw plenty of eels though.
These are the same arguments that did for the Newport barrage. Has anyone in Newport ever seen a wild salmon in the Usk? I haven't and I was born and brought up near the river. Saw plenty of eels though. D Taylor
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9:28am Sun 13 Jan 13

ninebalehigh says...

The only reason to build the barrage is to make money for the company behind the plan and its shareholders.

The idea that it will bring 20,000 plus jobs to the Wales is ludicrous.

It will supply five percent of the UKs energy?? Is that now, or in 20 years time when it's finished? By then, what? 2 percent? 1 percent?

Argus headlines 20years time: Barrage Tolls set to rise again.

Next!?
The only reason to build the barrage is to make money for the company behind the plan and its shareholders. The idea that it will bring 20,000 plus jobs to the Wales is ludicrous. It will supply five percent of the UKs energy?? Is that now, or in 20 years time when it's finished? By then, what? 2 percent? 1 percent? Argus headlines 20years time: Barrage Tolls set to rise again. Next!? ninebalehigh
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11:33am Sun 13 Jan 13

rover100rich says...

i agree , and have seen salmon going up the ebbw and that runs into the usk
i agree , and have seen salmon going up the ebbw and that runs into the usk rover100rich
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4:26pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Markbusa says...

@ninebalehigh...My thoughts to a Tee.
@ninebalehigh...My thoughts to a Tee. Markbusa
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8:37pm Sun 13 Jan 13

ninebalehigh says...

It's a can of worms, want to look inside?

Until very recently the director of Corlan Hafren, the consortium behind the proposals, was one John Gummer, former Conservative environment secretary.

He's now Lord Deben, recently nominated by David Cameron to form the Commitee on Climate change that advises the govt on energy policy.
It's a can of worms, want to look inside? Until very recently the director of Corlan Hafren, the consortium behind the proposals, was one John Gummer, former Conservative environment secretary. He's now Lord Deben, recently nominated by David Cameron to form the Commitee on Climate change that advises the govt on energy policy. ninebalehigh
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7:48am Mon 14 Jan 13

scraptheWAG says...

just as long as it does not spoil the natural beauty of newport
just as long as it does not spoil the natural beauty of newport scraptheWAG
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