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Anti-gas protesters scale chimneys at West Burton Power Station

Work on a gas-fired power station has been disrupted after protesters broke into the site and scaled two chimneys, The Independent has reported.

More than 20 “no dash for gas” campaigners made their way into West Burton Power Station in Nottinghamshire in the early hours of Monday morning, with 16 climbing and securing themselves to two chimneys at the site, according to police.

The campaigners were protesting against moves to build new gas-fired power stations such as West Burton, warning it would leave the UK dependent on a polluting and increasingly expensive fossil fuel for decades.

The government has backed the development of up to 20 gas-fired power stations as part of its strategy for future energy supplies.

Ministers insist that continuing use of gas without technology to trap and permanently store carbon emissions is compatible with targets to cut greenhouse gases to tackle climate change.

The protest has raised concerns over security and the safety of the site and workers.

EDF confirmed that only essential staff were leaving and entering the plant while the protest was ongoing, with the rest being sent home for the day.

Nottinghamshire Police said negotiations are on-going with campaigners and EDF to bring the protest to a peaceful end.

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