Scottish government officials are suggesting that an inquiry into drilling for coal bed methane that closed six years ago should re-open. The government’s planning and environmental appeals division (DPEA) has said the inquiry should consider how changes in policy and Brexit would affect the plans by Ineos near Falkirk. The investigative website, The Ferret, reported earlier this month that Ineos was seeking to resurrect the plan around Airth to extract methane from coal seams.
Drill or Drop 25th Feb 2020 read more »
A Scottish Government proposal to re-open a public inquiry into plans by Ineos to drill for underground coal gas in central Scotland has been greeted with dismay by campaigners. The government’s Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) has written to developers and objectors suggesting that an inquiry that closed six years ago should now re-convene to consider changes in policy – and Brexit. The move follows The Ferret’s report on 18 February revealing that Ineos, which runs the Grangemouth petrochemical complex, was attempting to resurrect a plan to sink 14 gas wells around Airth, near Falkirk. The aim is to extract methane from underground coal seams, using a technology related to fracking.
The Ferret 25th Feb 2020 read more »
The decarbonisation efforts of Spain’s largest utility Endesa are stepping up after its coal-fired power plant assets took a ~€1.87 billion (US$2.07 billion) impairment hit in 2019. Coal plants have become less competitive due to the higher costs of emissions, a sharp drop in gas prices as well as increased renewable energy production. This market situation “is causing the company to step up decarbonisation efforts for its electricity generation assets in Spain”, Endesa said in a release on Tuesday. Ahead of its 2019 financial results, the firm had already made two coal-related announcements over the autumn. The firm said last September it would act to shut down imported coal-fired plants in September, followed by its submission last December of an actual request for the closures for both imported and domestic plants.
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