Appeal to oppose Drax Power Station’s plans

The campaigning group Biofuelwatch has an urgent campaign to oppose Drax Power Station’s new plans to replace its final two coal units with a much larger power station to burn fossil gas.

If Drax’s full plan goes ahead, it would become the UK’s largest gas power station and largest single emitter of CO2, as well as driving demand for fracked gas in the UK.

Biofuelwatch has a draft response to the consultation at which people can copy and paste into the Planning Inspectorate online form.

They are asking people to respond to the consultation urging the Planning Inspectorate to reject Drax’s proposal on the grounds of climate change.

They need as many responses as possible before the deadline of the 29th of August,

People will not be obliged to take any further actions if they register as an interested party and submit an objection.

They have some tweets and a facebook post for sharing below:



Please help us to object to Drax’s climate-choking plans to burn gas

Drax power station near Selby, Yorkshire. Photograph: Nican45,

Dear Supporter,

Drax power station has applied to the Planning Inspectorate for permission to replace its two remaining coal-fired units with much larger ones burning fossil (natural) gas.

Drax is already the biggest biomass burning plant in the world and the largest single emitter of COin the U.K.

Drax claims on its website that this is part of their “strategy to play a vital role in changing the way energy is generated as the UK moves to a low carbon future.”

The reality is that Drax made a net loss last year and switching to burning gas would allow the power station to keep operating once the government’s pledge to phase out ‘unabated coal’ by 2025 comes into force.

If this gas development goes ahead, it will tie the U.K. into the long-term burning of more fossil fuels at a time when we need to drastically reduce our carbon emissions to prevent catastrophic climate change.

It will also enable Drax to continue burning millions of tonnes of wood pellets every year, many of which come from the clear felling of biodiverse forests in the U.S.

If you agree that we should not allow Drax to increase our carbon emissions by burning gas and wood biomass, please help us to stop Drax’s proposed gas development by sending an objection to the Planning Inspectorate. 

The deadline for responses is Wednesday the 29th of August at 11.59pm.

For more information about the environmental and climate impact of Drax’s gas plans, please see our briefing here.

How to object

Our ‘alert page‘ contains a pre-drafted ‘consultation response’ about the climate impact of burning gas (feel free to copy and paste, modify and personalise). It also takes you through the simple steps to register as an ‘interested party’ and make your submission directly on the Planning Inspectorate’s website.

This will not commit you to any other action but will allow you to submit an objection to the plans.

It would also be great if you would like to personalise your response which will give it more weight.

Please visit our ‘alert page‘ to make your submission.  

Thank you very much on behalf of Biofuelwatch!


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