Coal and Carbon Capture and Storage

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 12:33 pm on 23rd April 2009.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour, North West Leicestershire 12:33 pm, 23rd April 2009

I congratulate the Secretary of State on a very imaginative statement. Will he say a word or two more about sourcing? If we do nothing to develop new deep mines, for example in north-east Leicestershire, where 800 million tonnes of clean coal is available, what will inevitably happen is that there will be an expansion of imports from sometimes unstable regimes and, more worryingly, an expansion of open-cast mine extraction. That affects all mining constituencies, particularly those in England, where there are shallow, unworked seams that the open-cast coal people would like to access because of the low cost. However, the environmental and social impact of such mining is very significant, as we see in respect of the Minorca application in north-west Leicestershire, which is about to be submitted.


Katy Duke
Posted on 26 Apr 2009 11:47 am (Report this annotation)

Surely you mean that 800 million tonnes of coal is available? There is no such thing as clean coal.

David Taylor
Posted on 27 Apr 2009 9:41 pm (Report this annotation)

I meant (in the context of the debate) relatively clean coal; but pre- or post- combustion carbon capture and storage is still a pre-requisite if we are to build more coal-fired power stations.

Katy Duke
Posted on 10 May 2009 10:43 am (Report this annotation)

Coal is coal, it is not even remotely 'clean' relative to any of the renewables, which to date have suffered from lack of investment in this country. CO2 is a product of combustion - its cannot be captured pre-combustion as it doesn't exist. There is still no proven way of capturing the CO2 post-combustion. Even if we fill up existing 'holes' underground with CO2 in some clever way, the holes will eventually be full & then what? Please don't compromise the future of my children by leaving this legacy for them. Leave it in the ground.
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