Welcome to Cumbria, also known as the Lake District, my home.
It is situated in the North West of England, and is the last place before Scotland.
It is one of the world’s most beautiful natural places.
This is Sellafield:
Cumbria is predominantly rural and contains the Lake District and Lake District National Park, considered one of England's most outstanding areas
of natural beauty, serving as inspiration for artists, writers, and musicians. Much of Cumbria is mountainous, and it contains every peak in England
over 900 metres (3,000 ft) above sea level, with Scafell Pike at 978 metres (3,209 ft) being the highest point of England. An upland, coastal, and
rural area, Cumbria's history is characterised by invasions, migration, and settlement, as well as battles and skirmishes between the English and
Scottish. Historic sites in Cumbria include Carlisle Castle, Furness Abbey, and Hadrian's Wall.
Possibly one of the largest nuclear dumps (reprocessing and power) in the world, these are the guys that supplied Fukushima with their crap, and was
the site of the UK atomic bomb project.
It was also the place of one the first large nuclear disasters in the world (Google Windscale fire, 1957)
Sellafield is located about 20 miles south of me, still in Cumbria, on the west coast.
Although in the process of decommissioning, Sellafield is still taking in waste from all over the UK, and the world.
This is a mine:
Ok, this one is from the 19th century, but there are lots more like it, some older, some more modern.
Cumbria is sat upon hundreds of mine shafts, and quite often they collapse:
ore: Mine shaft collapse leaves 75ft-wide crater in back gardens forcing families to flee their homes
• Eight houses were forced to be evacuated after hole opened up in Cumbria
• Worker had to be rescued as he was harnessed to drilling rig which fell into hole while it was being used to cap the former iron ore mine with
So, keep this in mind, the ground round these parts isn’t all that stable to begin with, and some of those shafts are filled with seawater.
The important part:
The UK government has decided, despite local protest, to build an underground nuclear repository for all the UKs nuclear waste, and probably more from
around the world.
It is probably going to be the largest of its kind on the planet, and guess where they are considering building it…..
Yep, near the existing Sellafield site.
Nuclear waste disposal: Where in Cumbria to bury it?
Arguments over nuclear waste disposal have been raging for decades, especially in Cumbria where the search continues for a site suitable for
storing waste for tens of thousands of years.
Nuclear and scientific experts disagree about geological issues and, combined with Cumbrian public concerns at having an underground repository for
nuclear waste, the dilemma continues.
Cumbria has volunteered to consider housing waste in the county - and nationally, it is currently the only option.
But experts say the way in which site selection is being carried out is wrong.
Britain needs to find a site for long-term underground storage for high level nuclear waste, as some of the spent fuel from the Sellafield
nuclear plant will remain dangerous for up to 100,000 years.
That isn’t the best part of the story though…oh not by a long shot.
We all are now familiar with fracking, the process of shale gas extraction, and the effect it has on the geological stability of an area….well guess
Fears Cumbria could be site for ‘fracking’
Concern is growing about the possibility that Cumbria could be a possible site for the controversial underground gas extraction technique called
The Government last week gave the go-ahead for a firm to resume the hydraulic fracturing technique, which involves pumping water, sand and chemicals
under high pressure into deep boreholes to force out shale gas.
Despite worries about the environmental impact, Energy Secretary Ed Davey has said the gas was a promising and secure potential future energy source
for the UK.
Boreholes have already been drilled at a potential extraction site near Canonbie, north of Carlisle, and the Government has identified areas near
Silloth and in west Cumbria as possible locations for shale gas extraction licences.
So ok, nuke dumps and unstable mineshafts out of the way, what about potential Earthquakes? The UK isn’t exactly known for its big Earth movers, but
bear in mind, this repository may have to hold material for thousands of years…..
11-08-1786 – 5.0 (Whitehaven, Cumbria)
17-03-1871 – 4.9 (Appleby, Cumbria)
07-06-1931 – 6.1 (Dogger Bank, not far from Cumbria)
11-02-1944 – 4.8 (Skipton, Yorkshire, not far from Cumbria)
28 April 2009 3.7 (Ulverston, Cumbria)
I’ll stop there, there are more before and after, but my point is, as small as they are, and as infrequent, England still has a ton of fault lines
running underneath it, and what effect will fracking have on them?
So in conclusion, World’s largest (possibly) underground nuclear dump + mine shafts + Earthquakes + fracking, all in the same rough area? Is there a
good reason for me, and the world to be paranoid?
I’m going to bed, been up all night, I’ll respond when I wake up, thanks for reading.
edit on 5/1/13 by woogleuk because: (no reason given)