Cluff Natural Resources Target England & Wales With Toxic UCG
Cluff Natural Resources are desperately trying to talk up their position, despite another year burning through investment capital with nothing to show for it. In an attempt to reassure investors that their proposals for experimental Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) projects can be a success, they have abandoned plans to burn coal under the Firth of Forth. Instead they plan to burn coal under the North East coast between Sunderland & Hartlepool, (they may also want to do some fracking offshore in the North Sea). Cluff Natural Resources pose a threat in 9 UCG licences across the UK.
Cluff Natural Resources Track Record of Failure
- Cluff initially proposed an onshore UCG test in the Warwickshire countryside near Coventry in 2013. Fierce local opposition quickly halted the issuing of a licence.
- The company moved it’s plans just offshore to Fife in Scotland. They were greeted by halls full of angry Methil residents and a strong local campaign focused on the dangers of UCG.
- With Cluff’s focus now at Kincardine further up the Firth of Forth and close to Edinburgh, the campaign against UCG in Scotland proliferated. Community groups from across Scotland raised the profile of the UCG threat and Cluff hit the buffers when UCG was included in a wider Fracking Moratorium in Scotland. The Scottish Government’s environmental watchdog admitted that it doesn’t know what level of protection it’s safety regulation could have provided against the hazards of UCG. The risks were “sometimes unknowable”, read more…
The Ongoing UK Threat
Cluff and Five-Quarter Energy both pose a threat on the North East coast, but Cluff has also indicated that it may have plans for Workington and Maryport in West Cumbria and further licence areas in the Dee Estuary near Liverpool and the Loghor Estuary in South Wales.
The reality is that UCG is a dangerous, experimental technology with a track record of failure. In Australia all three recent tests have resulted in companies being prosecuted. Linc Energy are facing a $32.5m fine and possible jail for executives for polluting up to 320km2 of farmland, read more…
It is essential that communities across the UK get informed and organised to oppose these plans.