Demonstrations over W4B biofuel plant

In the UK, W4B is back, after its application for a biofuel plant in Portland was rejected in 2009.

W4B Renewable Energy has submitted a second proposal for planning permission on a £35 million (€40 million) palm oil facility. W4B wants to construct the multi-million pound power plant at Portland Port, on the edge of Balaclava Bay.

Now, in a bid to show their lack of support for revived plans, at least 200 campaigners are expected to take to the streets in their fight against plans for a new biofuel plant on Portland. No Oil Palm Energy (Nope) is a recent community group that will parade through Portland in a protest against the bid.

Protesters say the plant could lead to serious health problems for local residents and it is feared that homes will be left surrounded by toxic smoke and Portland’s countryside will be spoiled.

Nope member Sophie Lee said, ‘I strongly oppose a plant that pollutes locally and globally and benefits nobody except a handful of self-interested investors.’

However, the revised scheme was given the go ahead by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council planners last month.

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