Lincolnshire firm fined £24k for polluting watercourse

A company in Lincolnshire has been ordered to pay £24,000 for polluting a local watercourse. A Hughes & Son (Skellingthrope) Ltd pleaded guilty to a breach of Environmental Permitting Regulations for allowing effluent to flow into a watercourse. That resulted in high levels of ammonia in the water, according to the Environment Agency. Lincoln Magistrates’ […]

£6m tidal gauge to improve UK flood forecasting

A new tidal gauge worth £6 million has been installed in Lincolnshire to help improve flood forecasting. The Environment Agency said it will use the offshore technology to measure tides, predict flooding and assess the impact of climate change more accurately. It has meteorological equipment that will measure wind speed and direction as well as pressure and temperature. […]

Sutton Bridge Power Station to be upgraded

Sutton Bridge Power Station it going to have a major upgrade in 2016. The changes involve significant modifications to its gas turbines, auxiliary plant and control systems. Sutton Bridge Power Station is an 819MW capacity gas-fired Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP). It is located adjacent to the River Nene, approximately 3km from Sutton Bridge in […]

Waste operator fined £19,000 for illegal site

A waste operator has been ordered to pay £19,000 for running an illegal site in Lincolnshire. Barry Patchett failed to apply for the right permits despite advice and guidance from the Environment Agency between 2010 and 2013. The Lincoln Magistrates Court was told no application had ever been received and several failed attempts were made […]

Tough water quality testing begins at Lincolnshire beaches

The Environment Agency has started its annual testing regime to make sure the water on the Lincolnshire coast meets strict quality standards. Samples will be taken in the next five months at nine locations including Cleethorpes (pictured), Skegness, Mablethorpe and Humberston, the Environment Agency said. Sampling and Collection Team Leader Adrian Lack said: “We will […]

France’s Total buys into Lincolnshire shale gas

French oil giant Total has bought a multi-million pound stake in a project prospecting for shale gas in Lincolnshire. Total announced today it has snapped up 40% interest in two shale gas licences which cover 240 km2 in the East Midlands. Under the deal it will spend a minimum of $19.5 million (£12m) in the […]

Wind full in the sails as two new farms approved today

Two new wind farms off the coast of Britain won the go-ahead from ministers today – and one of them will be the biggest offshore wind project in the world. Planning consent was granted for the giant £3.6 billion Triton Knoll wind farm and a grand total of 288 turbines off the Lincolnshire and Norfolk […]

Two oil firms get approval for Lincolnshire drilling

Two oil explorers have been given planning consent to drill for oil in Lincolnshire. New oil firm Union Jack and AIM listed Europa Oil & Gas have both won approval to drill exploratory boreholes. North Lincolnshire Council gave the consent for the Wressle prospect which is near Scunthorpe. Both firms expect to drill towards the end […]

Red, Amber, Green! LED traffic lights save county £60k

Traffic lights in the county of Lincolnshire are giving new meaning to the phrase ‘Red, Amber, Green’. The Lincolnshire Highways Alliance is installing more than 1,400 new low-energy LED light systems in traffic lights and at pedestrian crossings across the county. Tim Clark, traffic signals manager believes the new bulbs will save the council thousands of […]

Vestas win UK wind contract

A Danish wind turbine manufacturer has received a 68MW wind contract for the UK. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) placed the order for 35 wind turbines for the Keadby Wind Farm project in Lincolnshire, which upon completion is expected to be the largest onshore wind farm in England. It is also expected to generate enough […]