AN UNDERGROUND pipeline carrying carbon dioxide waste to the North Sea will cut a swathe across our region.
After two months of consultation, the National Grid has announced that the preferred route for its new pipeline travels through open countryside close to Holme-on-Spalding Moor passing south of Market Weighton.
Work on the pipeline could start in 2014 and it will initially carry carbon dioxide emissions from a proposed power project at Stainforth near Doncaster to undersea storage caverns off the coast of Barmston, south of Bridlington.
Mayor of Market Weighton, Coun Peter Hemmerman, said that there were some concerns about the project.
“The consultations weren’t that well attended because I don’t think people really knew what was going on,” he said.
“I did question why they were choosing this particular route, but we felt that they had already made their minds up and that the consultation process was just them going through the motions.
“There were some concerns about it being a compressed gas, about what would happen if there was a break in the pipe, but it isn’t flammable or explosive and I believe they are going to put certain valves along it.
“You are in the hands of the experts, they assure us it is perfectly safe, so we have to take them on that.
“We would rather not have it, but it seems we don’t really have a choice.”
The National Grid said the pipeline could be part of a larger underground grid for more plants in the region, which together produce around 60 million tons of carbon dioxide a year.
The pipeline corridor is approximately one kilometre wide to allow for environmental and engineering considerations on the final route of the pipeline within the corridor.
Although there should be no trace of the pipeline once it is installed, there will be large scale excavation involved in the early stages.
Coun Hemmerman said: “There is initially a great scar across the landscape until it moves on.”
The route was selected after the National Grid held 16 public exhibitions in the summer in local venues along the corridor, including Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Market Weighton and North Cave.
More consultation events will take place in 2012 and National Grid say it will carry out further environmental and technical studies on the preferred route corridor.
For more information about the project, visit www.ccshumber.co.uk.