Worrying Incidents

“Nobody built the plant expecting it to fail but our experience is that all these plants are not perfect, and the regulation is important. To give you an example, there have been seven catastrophic failures recently within a nine month period, two of which were explosive in nature where the gas built up and the lids popped off and the walls blew out.”

Ed Mitchell, December 2013: Executive Director of Environment and Business at the Environment Agency, reporting to the House of Lords Science & Technology select committee.

Here are just some of the serious and sometimes life-threatening incidents from anaerobic digester plants in the UK in recent times:

There are literally dozens and dozens more similar incidents, but we don’t want to repeat the same points over and over.