National Grid route decision
17 June PWP issued a news release in response to the NG decision to pursue an onshore route. (See earlier news post.) This resulted in further media coverage from BBC Radio Cumbria, the Westmorland Gazette, North West Evening Mail, Whitehaven News and Cumbria Life magazine.
21 July At National Grid’s invitation, PWP submitted a detailed response to its onshore route announcement. See the PWP response here.
29 July PWP received a response to its request to National Grid for an explanation of the technical difficulties of using HVDC to connect Moorside to the grid. The response came around four months after the initial request, following repeated chasing. We will publish a critique of this soon, and intend to find a technical expert to enable us to challenge it. See the National Grid response here.
Working with others
Working with others remains an important strategy for combining resources, strengthening the voice of opposition and consolidating efforts to maximise the pressure put on National Grid to reviews its position.
15 July PWP addressed a meeting called by parish councils affected by onshore route plans.
23 July PWP gave input to a meeting of parish councils arranged by National Grid.
PWP maintains close contact with a campaign group fighting very similar issues relating to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset. Plans for this project are at a more advanced stage than for Moorside. We have therefore been benefitting not only from the experience, advice and guidance of dedicated campaigners in conducting a long-running campaign but also from their support and the significant technical information that they have generously shared with us. See various Hinkley Point documents on our Documents page.
PWP is also in contact with a group in Anglesey which again has concerns about similar National Grid proposals to connect a new nuclear power station at Wylfa using pylons.
PWP continues to work closely with other stakeholders. In particular we have formed strong working relationships with key personnel at the Lake District National Park Authority and Friends of the Lake District.
Office of Nuclear Regulation
24 July PWP received a response to its request for information from the Office of Nuclear Regulation. We learnt the following: ONR needs to approve the design of the whole Moorside site with regard to potential safety issues but it does NOT rule out HVDC sub-sea technology; overhead transmission by pylons would be a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project requiring Planning Inspectorate approval, whilst subsea transmission would not.
25 July 2015 PWP responded to the NuGen consultation on the proposed Moorside nuclear power station. We expressed a neutral stance on the power station itself but concerns about the many potential negative impacts associated with power transmission.