Hazards

  • Three high pressure gas pipelines run across parts of this new narrow corridor.  Two of them join at a sub-station within the corridor.  Neither the new overhead power line conductors nor the pylons can avoid running across these gas pipelines since the pipelines run broadly north – south while the new 400 Kv corridor runs broadly west – east.
    • Gas substations are essential to control and monitor gas transport safely. One lies within the corridor, two others are immediately adjacent. Major incidents with widespread consequences have involved similar gas pipelines and sub-stations in other countries.
    • The hazards of constructing and operating large engineering structures (such as 50m high pylons plus their concrete pads) in or around these potentially catastrophic piplelines is highly alarming – the more so since SSE has not already recognised and highlighted them as potential sources of high impact hazards (safety, health and environmental) on the population in a wide surrounding area.
    • It should not be up to a “consultation process” with local residents to highlight risks of such magnitude.  A large plc such as SSE – if it had been acting responsibly – should already have done its work to identify such risks (see also objections listed under SSE consultation process – which is severely faulted).
  • Hectare-scale explosives testing and storage facilities have been created at great cost within this new corridor. As above, the hazards of constructing and operating a high voltage overhead power line – including building new access roads to each pylon – will alarm residents for miles around – the more so since SSE has not already recognised and highlighted these facilities combined with new power lines as potential sources of high impact hazards (safety, health and environmental) on the population in a wide surrounding area.   A large plc such as SSE – if it had been acting responsibly – should already have done its work to identify such risks (see also objections listed under SSE consultation process – which is severely faulted).