Bristol Council has recently turned a Bio Fuel (Palm Oil) plant station down. One of the main reasons because of the environmental impact on the Indonesion rainforests and loss of habitat.
Weymouth and Portland agreed with the Bio Fuel Plant for Portland because: 'The committee chairman warned the councillors that refusing permission would lead to an appeal, which could cost the council a lot of money and as a result other services might be put at risk. Ironic therefore that since getting permission, W4B has continued with its appeal against the refusal on the first application - which will of course cost the council money.'
The voting was 6 - 5 for granting permission. All 6 Conservative councillors voted for, all three Lib Dems, one Labour and the one Independent voted against.
Despite about 25 objectors speaking each for 3 minutes, a total of 860 objections received plus a last minute petition of Portland residents numbering around 400, Conservative councillors were resolute that:
1. THEY DON'T HAVE TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF WIDER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS WHEN MAKING THIS DECISION.
2. the RSPO is a trustworthy organisation and will ensure the palm oil is sustainable
3. having a possible 22 local jobs and a bit more income from use of Portland port are more important than impacts on people living in palm oil producing countries, the air pollution imposed on people living in Portland itself including the nearby prison, on tourists who will have their enjoyment of the local area ruined, and the devastating effects of de-forestation on climate and biodiversity.
Approx 400 people marched at the weekend in protest, against this proposal. If you watched the Panorama documentary on Palm Oil, last Monday and also feel angry at the council agreeing to this application then contact www.N.O.P.E.
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