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Green Energy Plant Blamed After 1,000 Fish Die At One Of Britain’s Best-Loved Salmon And Trout Rivers

January 16, 2017

By Paul Homewood




From GWPF:


A supposedly ‘green’ power plant has been blamed for killing more than 1,000 fish on one of Britain’s best-loved salmon and trout rivers.

Officials are investigating if a fault caused hundreds of thousands of gallons of toxic waste to be discharged from an anaerobic digester and into the picturesque River Teifi in West Wales, killing every single fish along an eight-mile stretch.

Two weeks ago The Mail on Sunday highlighted the growing risk to the environment posed by the ‘green guzzlers’, which convert slurry from dairy herds into methane.


They have been responsible for 12 serious pollution incidents since 2015, but the contamination of the River Teifi just before Christmas could be the worst yet, according to anglers and environmentalists.

Natural Resources Wales confirmed more than 1,000 fish carcasses had been counted following the spillage, and a source told The Mail on Sunday that investigators were focusing on an anaerobic digester in the area.

Local angler Steffan Jones said: ‘I don’t know what went wrong with the unit but clearly something did for so much effluent to have been discharged.

‘This is absolutely tragic.’

The farmers who own the plant have not responded to requests for comment.

Critics of anaerobic digesters claim there is not enough slurry and waste, so thousands of tons of feed, including maize, is used to fuel the digesters as farmers chase massive Government subsidies.


The full Mail story is here.


Government subsidies on anaerobic digesters and other bio schemes via the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, all funded by taxpayers, will cost £5.4bn between now and 2021/22. This does not include subsidies for biomass generation for the likes of Drax, which are added onto electricity bills.

  1. January 16, 2017 3:19 pm

    The main problem with these on-farm anaerobic digesters is that they are developed by cowboys and operated by farmers who do not have any understanding of the technology. As a chemical engineer colleague of mine put it “I wouldn’t touch one of these on-farm AD plants with somebody else’s barge-pole”. We have a cowboy developer who has/is developing seven AD plants in Devon and others in Somerset and Cornwall, and without exception each one has/is causing massive problems (pollution, transport issues, waste storage, smells, unlawful development).

    The worst example in the country is that covered by David Rose in the Mail on Sunday and extensively reported on by PORE, the local action group.

  2. January 16, 2017 3:49 pm

    Perhaps this can be the subject for Bonny Prince Charlie’s next book.

    • January 16, 2017 4:08 pm

      Joan. I think you mean Potty Prince Charlie.

      • roger permalink
        January 16, 2017 4:17 pm

        Phillip. Does he indulge his fantasies further at our expense by installing digesters on Duchy of Cornwall land?

  3. January 16, 2017 5:36 pm

    This is a perfect example of the belief that life in the past was idyllic. It was NOT idyllic and spills like this were very common as was all pollution. Use of these methods was messy and environmentally damaging. The enviros has lied about how these methods worked and painted a lovely picture over the smelly truth.

  4. Ross King permalink
    January 16, 2017 6:27 pm

    Had this happened downstream of an oilsands plant, there would be hysterical hyperventilating from Hollywood to Timbuktoo, and we’d never hear the end of it.
    How about some massive environmental clean-up, river re-stocking, and sticking the bill to the operators?

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      January 16, 2017 7:58 pm

      If you can find them. “They fly by night”.

      • Ross King permalink
        January 16, 2017 9:35 pm

        From distant memories of Brit ‘Law 101’, surely the spill is actionable in the Courts as to damages? Start with the Farmer(s?) and that should shake other negligent(?) parties out of the trees! …. Farmers will blame eqpt. vendor(s) who will try to wash their hands, and away we go!

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