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Anti-nuclear protesters release online video from Hinkley Point occupation site

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: February 17, 2012

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A scene from the YouTube video documenting the Hinkley Point protest, uploaded this morning

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Anti-nuclear campaigners occupying land proposed for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point have produced an online movie from their new base.

Activists took over land on the Langborough Farm site on Sunday morning, and have documented their week's experiences in a seven-minute YouTube video.

YouTube user Shannonsmy23 uploaded the video this morning, reporting that the activists 'are settling into their new home and community'.

In the video description, the user adds: "Their (the protestors) aims include highlighting the fact that EDF has been given permission to remove all hedgerows, trees and topsoil from the 500-hectare site, before it has been given planning permission to build the power station.

"The site includes an SSSI and a protected wetland (RAMSAR) and is home to some beautiful deer and protected bats."

Watch the movie, courtesy of Shannonsmy23, below.

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  • envisci  |  February 22 2012, 5:51PM

    Wasnt Fukushima enough of a wake up call ? A tsunami is a remote but real chance to Hinkley, entirely plausible originating from the Mid Atlantic ridge and there is evidence of it in the past, so who knows when ? It only needs the unexpected ! Again. Once in a million years chance would mean 1 in 10,000 chance in 100years of nuclear power. We've had 50 years nuclear already so 1 in 5000 chance. Too risky for me. The Bristol Channel would make it rise like a huge Severn Bore. What chance then for Hinkley ? I note the Environment Agency have not yet resolved the flood plans either ! Great, just start building EDF ! It'll be alright. It makes Building Regulations look a bit of a joke eh ? Wasnt there a minor tsunami that affected the Canaries a while back ? I dont believe this possibility was even considered in the Hinkley Point Inquiry. What other unexpected disasters could a nuke be exposed to ? I gave evidence to the Hinkley Point Inquiry (Cannington-1989) that showed that an accident could wipe out the entire UK food production indefinitely, by day 3 of a major accident, let alone the health impacts on our 60 milion people and economic impacts etc as Japan has suffered. Luckily Fukushima dispersed mainly offshore, with only local plume dispersion onshore. Crazy to say this but less devastating for Japan compared to what might have been, had the plume headed for Tokyo. Imagine if the plume dispersed mainly onshore as an accident from Hinkley would on a prevailing SW wind across the UK. The Hinkley Point Inquiry inspector recommended not building. He was right. This is all extremely undemocratic and reckless. We are making very little progress as a nation on sustainablility. We are using more energy than ever. Most people in practice dont really give a damn for their children and grandchildren's future, especially the authorities. Dont do the simplest things like switching things off and drawing curtains to save energy. Us ordinary folk dont have much of a say however, such as this undemocratic "Infrastructure Planning Commission". Start by saving loads of energy so they dont have an excuse for Nukes from you. How much electricity do you use a year ? We use £200 a year, with lights, tv, microwave , internet etc etc. We are in the real world and could still do better. Use your car less and trade down to a more economic one (1999 Focus LPG - brill, 20% less emissions and cheap to run). Stop flying everywhere. Explore locally, walking. Plant loads of trees. Less imported food (unless Hinkley blows its top, then we'll have to). Its easy. I'm not a doom monger. My work finds positive sustainable solutions, currently flood controls that optimise trees and saves 95% flood control costs, while the authorities squeal that costs are doubling. I'm struggling to be heard though. Scotland is interested, UK looking the other way. etc. Ultimately it is just good housekeeping and joined up thinking. We dont need to become cave dwellers, dont worry. Wake up. Richard Stow Environmental Scientist and Engineer email rchrdstw4@gmail.com Family from Somerset, some still.

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