Campaigners call it a day after claiming victory in gas battle

The People Against Methane Group, which is calling it a day

The People Against Methane Group, which is calling it a day

First published in News

A campaign group is disbanding after saying its ten year battle for safety at Canvey’s oil and gas terminals has been won.

The People Against Methane Group was set up to ensure residents were kept informed and to improve standards at the two sites – Oikos, inHaven Road, and Calor Gas, in Thames Road.

They wanted an evacuation plan drawn up in case of an emergency at either site, and also campaigned to stop a new terminal being built.

Founder George Whatley said the group achieved what it was set up to do.

Plans for a new terminal were binned last year and an island alert system, including a service which will send texts to residents if disaster hits one of the two sites, was introduced.

Mr Whatley, 72, of Limburg Road, said: “We have worked long and hard to achieve all we have and we feel we can step down whilst keeping an eye from afar on all the goings on.

“The group will never truly be closed but we are in a position to disband the committee for now.

We have done our job.”

The terminals are classed as Comah – control of major accident hazards – sites. The group has chalked up successes over the years.

In 2009, Mr Whatley, met senior Government minister Tim Yeo to protest against plans to store 108,000 tonnes of liquid natural gas on the island.

In January 2013, Calor Gas’s plans to build a huge new gas terminal, which would have stored 140,000 tons of liquified natural gas, were shelved due to a lack of demand for LNG.

Ray Howard, a long-term partner and supporter of the group, paid tribute to Mr Whatley.

He said Canvey used to provide the country with LNG but once it was found in the North Sea, Canvey’s site essentially became redundant.

Mr Howard, a Tory ward and county councillor, said: “I pay full credit to the group that was set up to fight against Canvey becoming an LNG terminal.

“George Whatley and the group have worked tremendously hard and been very proactive in their attempts to keep the island safe and I cannot thank them enough.”

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5:08pm Thu 27 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????
I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ???? carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -5

5:25pm Thu 27 Mar 14

poortaxpayer says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????
There are plans to build a pipeline from Canvey to a site near Hordon-on-the-Hill to pump gas from Canvey into the national gas pipeline grid.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????[/p][/quote]There are plans to build a pipeline from Canvey to a site near Hordon-on-the-Hill to pump gas from Canvey into the national gas pipeline grid. poortaxpayer
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6:13pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????
People Against Pooch Poop
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????[/p][/quote]People Against Pooch Poop Howard Cháse
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6:34pm Thu 27 Mar 14

John T Pharro says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????
And what have you ever done to support you community? Absolutely nothing. A typical gutless armchair warrior with vitriolic snipping comments hiding behind a psedynum. How many times have you been closed down under other posting names?
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????[/p][/quote]And what have you ever done to support you community? Absolutely nothing. A typical gutless armchair warrior with vitriolic snipping comments hiding behind a psedynum. How many times have you been closed down under other posting names? John T Pharro
  • Score: 5

6:38pm Thu 27 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

John T Pharro wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????
And what have you ever done to support you community? Absolutely nothing. A typical gutless armchair warrior with vitriolic snipping comments hiding behind a psedynum. How many times have you been closed down under other posting names?
Orrmo right
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????[/p][/quote]And what have you ever done to support you community? Absolutely nothing. A typical gutless armchair warrior with vitriolic snipping comments hiding behind a psedynum. How many times have you been closed down under other posting names?[/p][/quote]Orrmo right carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -2

7:08pm Thu 27 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Strange how the Council "binned" the sirens on Canvey, which would sound during an emergency, now I expect, they will sing a song...
Strange how the Council "binned" the sirens on Canvey, which would sound during an emergency, now I expect, they will sing a song... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 0

7:18pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Norfolk and Chance says...

This is all very well but my favourite crisps are Monster Munch - roast beef flavour.
This is all very well but my favourite crisps are Monster Munch - roast beef flavour. Norfolk and Chance
  • Score: 3

7:27pm Thu 27 Mar 14

John T Pharro says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma


kessense
wrote:
I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????
And what have you ever done to support you community? Absolutely nothing. A typical gutless armchair warrior with vitriolic snipping comments hiding behind a psedynum. How many times have you been closed down under other posting names?
Orrmo right
What I said was over the top so apologies for that.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????[/p][/quote]And what have you ever done to support you community? Absolutely nothing. A typical gutless armchair warrior with vitriolic snipping comments hiding behind a psedynum. How many times have you been closed down under other posting names?[/p][/quote]Orrmo right[/p][/quote]What I said was over the top so apologies for that. John T Pharro
  • Score: -2

7:38pm Thu 27 Mar 14

iknowbetter says...

Norfolk and Chance wrote:
This is all very well but my favourite crisps are Monster Munch - roast beef flavour.
You silly silly man, everyone knows pickled onion flavoured are the best..
[quote][p][bold]Norfolk and Chance[/bold] wrote: This is all very well but my favourite crisps are Monster Munch - roast beef flavour.[/p][/quote]You silly silly man, everyone knows pickled onion flavoured are the best.. iknowbetter
  • Score: 2

7:43pm Thu 27 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

iknowbetter wrote:
Norfolk and Chance wrote:
This is all very well but my favourite crisps are Monster Munch - roast beef flavour.
You silly silly man, everyone knows pickled onion flavoured are the best..
I heard it was special Sources, that ran it...
[quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Norfolk and Chance[/bold] wrote: This is all very well but my favourite crisps are Monster Munch - roast beef flavour.[/p][/quote]You silly silly man, everyone knows pickled onion flavoured are the best..[/p][/quote]I heard it was special Sources, that ran it... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -2

7:49pm Thu 27 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

John T Pharro wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????
And what have you ever done to support you community? Absolutely nothing. A typical gutless armchair warrior with vitriolic snipping comments hiding behind a psedynum. How many times have you been closed down under other posting names?
Dark on Canvey isnt it, after midnight, good for star gazing
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????[/p][/quote]And what have you ever done to support you community? Absolutely nothing. A typical gutless armchair warrior with vitriolic snipping comments hiding behind a psedynum. How many times have you been closed down under other posting names?[/p][/quote]Dark on Canvey isnt it, after midnight, good for star gazing carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -1

8:02pm Thu 27 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????
People Against Pooch Poop
Dogmess already has his nose in that.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????[/p][/quote]People Against Pooch Poop[/p][/quote]Dogmess already has his nose in that. ThisYear
  • Score: -1

8:55am Fri 28 Mar 14

upset says...

John T Pharro wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????
And what have you ever done to support you community? Absolutely nothing. A typical gutless armchair warrior with vitriolic snipping comments hiding behind a psedynum. How many times have you been closed down under other posting names?
Pot and kettle comes to mind John
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????[/p][/quote]And what have you ever done to support you community? Absolutely nothing. A typical gutless armchair warrior with vitriolic snipping comments hiding behind a psedynum. How many times have you been closed down under other posting names?[/p][/quote]Pot and kettle comes to mind John upset
  • Score: -1

3:46pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Kim ;Gandy says...

upset wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma


kessense
wrote:
I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????
And what have you ever done to support you community? Absolutely nothing. A typical gutless armchair warrior with vitriolic snipping comments hiding behind a psedynum. How many times have you been closed down under other posting names?
Pot and kettle comes to mind John
You never know who's lurking around the corner, waiting for the magic hour to arrive, midnight, isn't it??
[quote][p][bold]upset[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: I wonder what their next skull numbing quest in this life will be ????[/p][/quote]And what have you ever done to support you community? Absolutely nothing. A typical gutless armchair warrior with vitriolic snipping comments hiding behind a psedynum. How many times have you been closed down under other posting names?[/p][/quote]Pot and kettle comes to mind John[/p][/quote]You never know who's lurking around the corner, waiting for the magic hour to arrive, midnight, isn't it?? Kim ;Gandy
  • Score: 1

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