Coalbed Methane VS Renewable Energy
Tuesday 23rd October – Royal British Legion, Keynsham
Transition Keynsham, Saltford Environment Group & Frack Free Somerset organised this public talk and discussion in response to the proposed planning application by UK Methane to test drill and assess the viability for Coalbed Methane extraction in Keynsham.
The meeting was open to all residents to hear about the application and potential environmental, social and economic effects of the extraction of coalbed methane. The meeting also raised awareness of alternative and viable energy options for Keynsham, so that the community is empowered to make informed choices about what energy option they choose. After the presentations there was time for some questions from the audience. The meeting was attended by around 100 residents who were very concerned about the application.
Please see below videos of each of the presentations from the evening. We advise that you watch the videos alongside the slideshows that accompanied each of the presentations, as the images on the screen are impossible to make out on the videos.
Coalbed Methane VS Renewable Energy — The people of Keynsham – You decide!
Part 1 – Sam Willits reads the minutes of the meeting that took place between Transition Keynsham & UK Methane‘s geologist Mr Oliver Taylor and director Mr Gerwyn Williams.
We had requested to use UK Methane’s presentation slides but they refused on the grounds of commercially sensitive material in the slideshow.
Part 2a – Laura Corfield presents the concerns and threats of Coalbed Methane & Fracking and what it could mean for our community in Keynsham and across the Somerset region.
Part 3 – The Sky is Pink documentary by Josh Fox (creator of ‘Gasland‘). Focusing on the false trust we have in ‘concrete’ as the material that will stop the contamination of our water sources and also the use of marketing and media by the oil and gas industry to make the sky pink and believe things are safe when they are not.
Part 4 – Sam Willits & Mark Penny of Transition Keynsham’s Energy Group present viable renewable energy alternatives and opportunities for the Keynsham area. That could produce energy for homes/businesses in Keynsham in a way that makes money for the community as well as not polluting 0ur environment as opposed to the consequences of coalbed methane and fracking.
Part 5 – Nicholas Stubbs presents Hinton Organic’s plans for an anaerobic digestor at their site at the top of Keynsham. Their digester will take organic material and use anaerobic digestion to create heat, gas that could be used to heat and power homes and businesses whilst also producing fertile compost for our farmland.
Part 6 – Dave Laming from the River Avon Corridor Group talks about their plans to regenerate the River Avon, opening the river back up as a means of low-impact transport for people and materials, the production of renewable energy and a whole host of other social enterprise opportunities. Unfortunately our video camera battery died just before Dave finished his speech – which is a real shame as he ended on a very inspirational note!