Plaid cautious over Severn barrage
PLAID Cymru has said it is open to persuasion on the merits of a Severn Barrage, but only if concerns about the project are overcome.
Party leader Leanne Wood said her position on the renewable energy project was "yes, but, if".
She said: "A number of questions need resolving; the affordability question and how it would be financed is one; the environmental considerations are another.
"But I think there is a potential to create a lot of jobs through a renewable energy project; what we must do is ensure we get the best and most efficient system out of the Severn Estuary."
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Ms Wood's qualified support for a barrage comes after former Plaid president Lord Wigley threw his weight behind Neath MP Peter Hain's campaign for the scheme.
The Plaid leader said: "So I would say that we would be open to persuasion on this if the concerns that are already out there can be overcome."
Meanwhile, speaking at Westminster, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said the Severn Barrage was "exactly the kind of long-term infrastructure project" that UK Governments had often found it "hard to grapple with".
Mr Balls said that a Labour government, if elected in 2015, would "do that kind of thing better in future".