clean or dirty energy? …

The energy that the anti-frakkers don’t seem to mind, unleashing 50 trucks a day through small villages burning diesel and spreading spilled straw, a new, clean power plant?

Yes, a straw burning power station!

Quite apart from the issue of the straw, perhaps even more significant is the statement that “We were a tiny village and we now have 50 lorries going in and out every day.”

I seem to recall that fracking applications have been turned down because of much smaller numbers of lorry journeys, which in any event are purely short term.

Just like the Drax Power Station in England, burning America’s forests because of Green energy agendas, instead of coal. Outright stupidity!

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http://www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk/Residents-anger-lorries-straw-litter/story-28753490-detail/story.html#1

 

The good citizens of Scawby Brook seem none too happy with their new “clean energy” straw burning plant!

From the Scunthorpe Telegraph:

 

RESIDENTS have expressed their anger at litter from straw lorries heading to the new Brigg Renewable Energy Plant.

The straw-fired power station, on former Brigg sugar factory land at Scawby Brook, is now operating at full capacity, having been completed three months ahead of schedule.

Some residents of Scawby Brook say an unacceptable level of straw is now being left on roads, pavements and gardens in the village by vehicles going to the site. […]

Sticking to gas here! The full story at the top link.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley) Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Incorporated Kimberley Environmental Horticulture (KEH) is a small group of committed individuals who promote the use of indigenous plants for the landscaping of parks and gardens. Rehabilitation of Kimberley coast, bushland and pastoral regions are also high on our agenda. This includes planting seedlings, weed control, damage from erosion or any other environmental matter that comes to our attention. We come from all walks of life, from Professionals and Trades oriented occupations, Pensioners and Students, Public Servants and the Unemployed. We have a community plant nursery where we trial many old and new species, with a view to incorporating these into our landscaping trials. Our labour force are mainly volunteers, but with considerable help from the 'work for the dole' program, Indigenous Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) groups and the Ministry of Justice, with their community work orders; in this way we manage to train many people in the horticultural skills needed for indigenous plant growing. We constantly undertake field trips that cover seed and plant collection in the Kimberley. Networking around the Kimberley region and the east Pilbara is a necessary part of promoting our activities. We consult on a range of Environmental and Landscaping matters that deal with our region. Our activities involve improving Broome's residential streetscapes by including 'waterwise' priciples in planting out nature strips. Sustainable environmental horticulture is practised by members of our group. We use existing vegetation as the backbone of any plantings, using these species to advantage when planning to develop tree forms or orchards. The Broome region is sensitive to development. Subsequently many weed species have become dominant in and around developed areas. The use and movement of heavy machinery is the biggest single cause of environmental degradation. We dont live in a 'Tropical Paradise' but on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. The plants that survive best here, grow in well-drained pindan sand, and are found from the Dampier Peninsular southward to where average rainfall is below 600mm. When we use rainforest species, detail is important when planting, water catchment, sunlight and understorey species are all considered. The use of recycled 'grey' water is an advantage here as well as treated waste-water, although many local species do not fare well with nutrients from this source. We use waterwise planting methods which include harvesting asmuch rainwater as possible, with swales designed to hold up to 200 litres, to help recharge the local groundwater aquifer. There has been a serious decline in this aquifer over the last few years. With the fast expansion of the Broome peninsular, more and more land is being covered by concrete, iron and bitumen so that much less water is available to replenish the aquifer, allowing the salt content to become significantly higher. The small Broome Peninsular is on the south-western corner of the Dampier Peninsular (bound by Broome, Derby and Cape Leveque at the northern tip). Compaction by vehicles also inhibits water retention due to the content of our local pindan sand, hard as concrete in the dry, going to soft and sloppy mud after rain. None of us are botanists, inevitably we have got some names wrong, names changed, or have not gone to sub-species level. If you note a photo or description may be wrong, please e-mail to kimenvhort@yahoo.com.au
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