Memorandum by Osman Goring, Water Power
Engineering (DWB 01)
Since the NRA/EA took control of our rivers
in 1989, they have insisted that water passing through a water
turbine is an abstraction. In most cases, with weirs and watermills,
if this water did not pass through a turbine it would go over
the weir or through a control gatenot classified as an
abstraction and unmeasured in volume.
I myself and others have repeatedly asked bureaucrats,
ministers and MPs to modify the law openly and visibly, acknowledging
that such a use of water is not classified as an abstraction in
the true sense of the word.
Here is yet another "Water Bill" going
through parliament mentioning a variety of issuesfarming,
water industry, industrial power generation etc but specifically
avoiding the issue of HYDROPOWERWHY???
Hydropower is one of the true sustainable renewable
uses of water helping to reduce global warming. To quote John
Prescott at the Hague"Every contribution, no matter
how small, can help". 20,000 weirs and watermills in the
British Isles with 600MW to 1000MW of installed capacity is significant
So obscure is the EA definition of Abstraction
that different EA employees in different regions come up with
different interpretations as to what is or is not abstraction.
As long as the EA, DTI and DETR. Continue to
be vague about hydropower and many other issues related to it,
the public will increasingly see bureaucracy and government (central
& local) as a devious regime out to take total control of
What happened to "openness", "transparency",
"freedom of information and democracy"?