Conservationists to not
support Eden chipmill wood fired power station
Eden chipmill managers are wrong to claim that leading conservation groups
support its proposed wood fired power station.
Public Affairs Manager, Mr Vince Phillips told ABC Regional radio this morning
that the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) supports South East Fibre Exports proposed
Regional forest campaigner, Ms Harriett Swift who is the convener of the
Chipstop Campaign, says that the WWF leaflet cited by Mr Phillips does not
support the SEFE proposal.
The WWF has put strict conditions on its support for biomass burning that SEFE
could not possibly meet, Ms Swift said.
- It requires that good forestry
practices must be adopted.
- There should be no conversion of
natural forests or high conservation value habitats involved in raw material
production or supply.
- It also requires that growing
practices must protect and enhance soil fertility.
- Water use should be assessed
throughout the production and conversion chain, with particular emphasis on
avoiding damage to watersheds.
Mr Phillips is trying to put a green gloss on a project that requires the
ongoing woodchipping of a million native forest trees every year.
Without that massive industrial scale forest destruction there would be no waste
wood and no need for almost half of the electricity to be generated.
4 August 2009
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