London Gateway (Shell Haven)
The Shell Haven oil refinery is located on the north bank of the river Thames in Essex on the east coast of the UK. It is:
The decision was made in 1999 to cease the petroleum refinery activity of the London Gateway site. Proposals have been made by P&O and Shell to redevelop the former Shell Haven oil refinery into a deep sea container port capable of handling 3.5 million TEUs per annum.
Objections to the proposal
English Nature is objecting to the proposed development with concerns that:
Local protest group Shell Haven Project Environmental Action Committee (SPEAC) and Thurrock Friends of the Earth are also opposed to the development citing that:
Wildlife in the area
The proposed development would affect 60 hectares of inter tidal mudflats - a valuable habitat for more than 33,000 wintering waterfowl including avocets, hen harriers and ringed plovers.
Quality of life
The local communities would be greatly affected by:
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