Below is a link to an e-petition against the proposal to build a nuclear waste dump in/under/around Ennerdale. Apologies if you have already seen this.
Many of you will know that I am pro-nuclear, and nuclear waste has to be stored somewhere, and 400m down in sound granite (assuming the survey finds it to be sound) is a good place -- so why am I asking you to consider signing this petition?
The answer is that the scenario suggested by the "antis" is not only frightening but logically persuasive, given our experience of political leadership, commercial power over same, and the location of the proposed site. I fear that if the proposal meets with little opposition, it may be approved even if it is not the best option, and that the scheme may then be progressed with correspondingly little regard for the sensitivities of Ennerdale itself (AoONB, SSI, Nat Park, etc) and of the many who use and enjoy it, now and in future generations.
I have read statements pro and con from many parties, including local government, and in the last there was a smell not unlike that of rat. Of course, we would never imagine that our politicians, even local politicians, would let bu$ine$$ or other out$ide intere$t$ influen$e their decision$ in the $ervice of the people ... but a $mell of rat is a $mell of rat.
The GDF (Geological Storage Facility) must be built somewhere, and if Ennerdale is the most suitable place, then so be it. But even then, a well-supported opposition would do a lot of good if it results in the construction and operation of the GDF being more sensitive than it would be if cost and profit were the only metrics.
And if Ennerdale is the wrong site, then maybe, just maybe, this petition will be the straw that turns the camel's back [eh?] away from wrongly wrecking a very special place, against the wish of perhaps most people beyond a few influential persons on Allerdale and Copeland councils.. You can read more and sign the petition here:http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/n ... e-district