This year, Compaqpeat plans to expand its peat extraction
territories by around 250 hectares in the Balvi bog and by around 100 hectares in the Nida bog.
So around 150 years ago, drainage of those mosslands for farming and industry, and not forgetting peat extraction
for fuel and gardening, meant this beautiful butterfly became extinct.
The bog was targeted for restoration due to the combined impacts of drainage, forestry and historic peat extraction
, which all contribute to the drying of the carbon-rich peat soil.
However, peat extraction
continues, due to the high demand in horticulture (Joosten, Clarke 2002; Renou-Wilson, Farrell 2009).
The decrease is mostly caused by the drainage of mires for forestry, agriculture and peat extraction
. Excavation of oil shale is also one of the threats to peatlands in Estonia.
By 1990, that area had shrunk by 70 per cent as two million hectares were drained for agriculture, leaving a network of degraded peat extraction
sites, abandoned drained areas and degraded agricultural land.
Peatlands have been used for peat extraction
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destroys vital wildlife habitats.
It is now proven, with the transportation footprint ( 90% of material imported) plus the construction, peat extraction
, traffic chaos , due to volatility of wind energy turbines will require 75% fossil fuel back up, that the whole project will increase CO .
Most also thought that consumers did not know enough about the environmental impact of peat extraction
to make an informed decision.
continues at a number of locations in Cheshire, with only a single remaining site not affected by cutting - Holcroft Moss.