RSPB fights Scottish govt. backed Tay and Forth wind farm developments

Posted: August 16, 2017 by tallbloke in Accountability, government, greenblob, Legal

puffinFrom the Evening Express

The Scottish Government gave consent to four major wind farms in the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay in 2014, but the RSPB launched a judicial review.

The charity initially won a court victory but it was later overturned, clearing the development and prompting the RSPB to seek a further appeal.

Scotland’s Court of Session last month refused the application for the case to be sent to the Supreme Court, but the RSPB has now applied directly to the UK’s highest court.

The charity said it recognises the role renewable energy has in reducing emissions but the current project could lead to major declines in the population of gannets, puffins and kittiwakes.

The Scottish Government said it is “focused on creating a sustainable energy future for Scotland”.

The wind farm projects could generate enough power to supply the equivalent of 1.4 million homes.

RSPB Scotland director Anne McCall said: “RSPB Scotland has not taken this decision lightly, however our concerns with the manner in which Scottish ministers’ took their decisions in 2014 remain undiminished.

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Comments
  1. Anoneumouse says:

    And Bats, what about the Bats, In Scotland, the key legislation that applies is the Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended).

  2. oldbrew says:

    Jobs vs birds…

    GREEN ENERGY LOBBY ATTACKS ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS
    Date: 16/08/17 The Times

    A coalition of businesses has called on one of the UK’s most powerful charities to stop fighting plans for a major off-shore wind farm and warned that the livelihoods of hundreds of families are at stake.

    http://www.thegwpf.com/green-energy-lobby-attacks-royal-society-for-the-protection-of-birds/

  3. tallbloke says:

    They don’t seem to mind so much when the livelihoods of hundreds of farming families on the Somerset levels are at stake.

  4. thefordprefect says:

    tb
    tricky one that the 2013/4 floods affected 600 houses on the levels
    it will cost an estimated £100M for improvements to lower the flooding risk
    That’s about £150,000 per household for just the new stuff. And that does not guarantee no more flooding!

    Dredging will not stop flooding – it just pushes it downstream where pumps have to try to push it over the sea wall.

    Does there not come a time when you give the families the money and tell them to move off the flood plane. Isn’t this what you propose for mitigation of GW – just move out of the way of rising seas?

  5. tallbloke says:

    Ford: “pumps have to try to push it over the sea wall.”

    This ain’t rocket science. They worked fine until the EA fucked things up.

  6. thefordprefect says:

    tb
    “They worked fine until the EA fucked things up.”
    NO that should be
    They worked fine until the weather fucked things up.

    4.3.3 Somerset Levels
    Pumping of floodwaters was one of the main actions taken in Somerset to help reduce the impacts. At the height of flooding, more than 100 pumps were used to remove floodwater. This included 18 pumps from the Netherlands (Environment Agency !!!!!
    .. The costs and impacts of the winter 2013 to 2014 floods

    No (sensible) amount of dredging water channels would have helped the flooding – the flow is too slow to make much difference only a couple of metres drop to the sea. The rainfall in 2013/4 was just too great.
    perhaps if farmers did not speed water flow by draining land, perhaps if surrounding hills were allowed to slow water, then maybe a sensible pumping philosophy might work – but putting in giant pumps for the occasional flood? is it economical?

    You propose adaption not mitigation, I suggest adaption by moving the population (which will have to happen when the sea level rises) which is in accordance with your stance on GW and you turn it into an attack on the environment agency!

    Have you now changed your mind on adaption being the way forward?

  7. tallbloke says:

    The levels had already successfully adapted. The MOD warned the EA years in advance that they were shutting down operations and the pump they maintained would need to be taken over. The EA did fuck all about it, and near enough banned dredging. Tossers.

  8. stpaulchuck says:

    “in reducing emissions” of harmless CO2 and water vapor
    congratulations, you win the stupid award
    beware though!! New Zealand and Australia are close behind you!

  9. tom0mason says:

    RSPB seeking more cash from the wind power millionaires to stay quiet over bird deaths due to windmills?

  10. mohandeer says:

    Reblogged this on Worldtruth and commented:
    Who really gains by the destruction of earth’s ecosystems in an egregious bid to make money on the back of a “Saving the Planet” agenda in this particular instance.
    As an environmentalist I am at odds with just about everyone on this site, but they would certainly be justified in highlighting the nefarious claims made by the few who stand to gain financially for something that is neither use nor ornament and is, therefore, an unnecessary scam.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Elgin gets green light for Scotland’s largest solar farm
    17/08/2017
    Planning permission granted for 20MW solar farm with 80,000 panels

    All cabling will be underground, which will mean sheep will be able to graze around the panels

    “North east Scotland’s clear skies and longer daylight hours mean the area is attractive to developers”

    http://utilityweek.co.uk/news/elgin-gets-green-light-for-scotland’s-largest-solar-farm/1309992

    ‘longer daylight hours’ – except for the other half of the year 😐

  12. oldbrew says:

    Carsphairn wind turbine proposal rejected
    17 August 2017 South Scotland

    Councillors have rejected plans for a wind farm which the Mountaineering Council of Scotland said would form a “ring of steel” around a Galloway hill.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-40959796

    They’ve already got wind turbines close by at Windy Standard hill.

    ‘Decent views marred by windfarm.’
    http://trigpointing.uk/trig/6991

  13. oldbrew says:

    Giant wind turbines are causing health problems, claim villagers

    “The low frequency coming from these two turbines at Hunterston is horrendous – well, the effects are horrendous, and it’s not everybody that suffers. There must be a group of people who are susceptible. Me being one of them.”

    Another Fairlie resident, a chemist called Dr Jackie Pearson, said: “You feel rotten, it’s like a vague nausea, like a malaise. If you stand in our garden at the wall, you can feel it.

    “It’s like being at a disco with a massive base driver type unit, you feel it rather than hear it.”

    http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2017/08/16/giant-wind-turbines-are-causing-health-problems-claim-villagers/

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