Environmental lawyers lodge climate concerns over gas power station NSIP

Reports that an environmental law firm has lodged an objection with the Planning Inspectorate against plans for 'a huge new UK gas power station' on grounds that the scheme would 'breach the government's recommendations on climate change' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that "ClientEarth, which has repeatedly defeated the government in court over its air pollution strategy, has submitted an objection to the planning inspectorate over Drax Group’s proposed 3.6GW plant in North Yorkshire". The paper says that "Sam Hunter Jones, a lawyer at the group, said it had acted because the Drax scheme marked a tipping point in the amount of new gas planned by energy firms in the UK". Plans for the new power plant were submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in May under the nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) regime. 

An article in The Times (subscription) says that an energy consultancy has warned that "Britain needs more gas storage sites to reduce the risk of a supply shortage that could lead to blackouts". The paper says the "country’s gas supply position is ‘precarious’ and winter shortfalls could jeopardise fuel supplies for power stations, according to Wood Mackenzie".

The Financial Times (subscription) reports that the "EU is pushing Theresa May to accept far-reaching environmental targets and tough policing of state-aid rules as part of a Brexit ‘backstop’ plan for the Irish border, making demands that are likely to create more problems for the UK prime minister in Westminster". The paper says that the targets "require member states to draw 32 per cent of their energy from renewable sources, and aim to slash energy consumption by 32.5 per cent compared with business-as-usual projections".

The FT also reports that "transport secretary Chris Grayling is drawing up plans for a big expansion of the port of Ramsgate in an attempt to bypass the Dover-Calais bottleneck, which could be choked by a disorderly Brexit". The paper says that "up to £200m has been earmarked for the development of the port with back-up plans for increased freight traffic — and lorry parking space — at the nearby port of Sheerness".

The charity responsible for the development and upkeep of the National Cycle Network has said that it "is so starved of funding that many of its bike paths are ‘crap' and desperately need improvements", The Guardian reports. The paper says that "a review to be published on Monday by Sustrans, which has built the network over the last 23 years, reveals that 42% of it has been rated as ‘poor’ and a further 4% ‘very poor’".


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