Barrage scheme 'an ego project'
PLANS for a huge barrage over the Severn Estuary have been branded an "ego project" by a green group.
The Marine Conservation Society spoke out after Prime Minister David Cameron, right, told officials to look at new drafts for the latest attempt to revive the multi-billion pound scheme, put forward by a private consortium. Supporters say a barrage would generate five per cent of the UK's energy needs.
But the MCS said it was "shocked" that the PM had agreed to take a closer look, saying it would be environmentally damaging and would not generate cheap electricity.
Dr Robert Keirle, of the MCS, said the public were being misled, adding that the project was "an ego project for civil engineers who don't care about the environment".
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He said: "Electricity produced will need to be subsidised by the UK taxpayer and will probably cost up to twice as much as electricity produced elsewhere. If the barrage produces power for 120 years, as the developers estimate, that will be a huge bill for successive Governments to foot."
Dr Keirle said he was in favour of renewable energy but that the barrage would be "the wrong option in the wrong place", saying it would damage fish migratory routes and affect the viability of Avonmouth port.
Former Labour minister Peter Hain, who is campaigning for the barrage project, told the Post that the latest scheme was the first to "seriously address the wildlife issues", including protecting fish and birds.