‘Utterly reprehensible!’: Drax gas plant approval sparks fury and disappointment

The government’s decision to disregard a panel of examiners’ recommendation to refuse Drax’s 3.6GW gas plant on climate change grounds has been met with anger in many quarters.

Yesterday, business secretary Andrea Leadsom elected to approve Drax’s installation of four new gas turbines at its Selby plant in North Yorkshire, despite the examiners appointed by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) to scrutinise the application   concluding that the project had failed to “deliver carbon reduction objectives” in accordance with national planning policy principles and that it would cause “adverse impacts” as a result of the “total greenhouse gas emissions generated”.

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