Environment and ecology

Find out how we're working hard to safeguard local wildlife and biodiversity

We recognise that the Humber Estuary is internationally important as a designated environmental conservation area and we’re working hard to ensure environmental effects are avoided or minimised.

Great care has been taken to consider any potential environmental effects of the project. Ecology, archaeology, and other environmental factors are important considerations when planning a pipeline route and we’ve taken time to look carefully at these issues to help shape our plans and the arrangements we’ve put in place to manage the work.

A new pipeline in a tunnel beneath the River Humber presents the least potential for disruption to the local environment, resulting in fewer overall impacts when compared with much longer alternative options that avoid the River Humber.

To help determine any appropriate measures to reduce the impact on the local environment, we have carried out:

  • Extensive surveys of wildlife, birds and habitats, including on-the-ground field surveys over all four seasons.
  • Landscape and visual assessment to inform the design of the scheme and understand the temporary visual effects of the construction works on local residents.
  • Detailed research to identify and assess archaeological sites using local archives, aerial photography and geophysical surveys using special sensing equipment.
  • Assessments of a wide range of other factors including noise, vibration, traffic, waste, water resources, soil and air quality.
  • Throughout the project we will put in place appropriate measures to help reduce any effects on the local environment and communities. This will include considerate design and careful restoration of landscape and habitats following construction.

You can read more about some of the things we’re doing to safeguard local wildlife and the environment in our feature on water voles.