PS-04: Campaign to Protect Rural England Supports Opposition

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May I also draw your attention to the detailed and strenuous objections made by the CPRE, with whom I am in touch, against the now rejected application for a similar wind turbine in Alvington, which can be found at: http://www.aylburtonvillagehall.org.uk/P1396_CPRE_Objections.pdf

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We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

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PS-24: Appeal Decision: at Standle Farm, Stinchcombe, Gloucestershire,

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Ref: APP/C1625/11/2155923)

Wind Turbine Application Appeal Rejected:

Wind Farm Appeal Dismissed – Standle Farm, Stinchcombe, Gloucestershire

Thu, 29 Nov 2012

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Following a eight day planning inquiry the appeal in respect of an application for four wind turbines was dismissed. The appeal site lay near to the M5 and close to the edge of the Cotswolds AONB. Jack Smyth represented Stroud District Council.
The Reasons for Refusal were narrow and discreet; namely that the proposed turbines would have an unacceptable impact on views out from and towards Stinchcombe Hill (the escarpment on the very edge of the AONB). The case which was successfully advanced revolved around the unacceptable harm said to be caused to an important and valuable vantage point of the Cotswolds AONB. The Council’s landscape expert described it as “the shop-window of the AONB”.
The Inspector accepted the Council’s evidence that the proposal would have a significant adverse impact on their landscape character of this national designation. He found that this harm was substantial and outweighed the clear and multiple benefits of the renewable energy scheme.
This was an interested appeal which was adjourned mid-way through when the National Planning Policy Framework was published on the 5th day of the inquiry. The Inspector seems to have accorded the development plan and the array of SPDs full weight.

– See more at: https://www.no5.com/news-and-publications/news/420-wind-farm-appeal-dismissed-standle-farm-stinchcombe-gloucestershire/#sthash.wKyHcfdS.dpuf

See also the press report at:
http://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/10076243.Appeal_to_build_four_wind_turbines_near_Stinchcombe_is_dismissed/

To View The Full 25 Page Planning Appeal see:
http://www.programmeofficers.co.uk/posl/documents/Gloucester/CD9/CD9.5.pdf

 

We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

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interestingly to date there has been absolutely no comprehensive Risk Assessment published in the UK regarding the impact in the soil, on the ground and in the air and such assessments that have been done would seem to all have been completed by interested parties likely to commercially or politically gain from the instalation of these undeniable ecological disasters.

DO WIND TURBINES HARM ANIMALS?

By Mia Myklebust and Miriam Raftery

May 10, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –

 

With an increasing number of industrial-scale wind turbines around the world,  numerous reports are surfacing to suggest that noise, infrasound and stray voltage (dirty energy) may be harmful to livestock and wildlife. 

While evidence is largely anecdotal, incidences of mass die-offs of farm animals, chickens laying soft-shelled eggs, high animal miscarriage rates and disappearance of wildlife near turbines provide pause for reflection. These and other incidents suggest a need for scientific study to determine safety before additional wind energy facilities are erected across the U.S., including several proposed in San Diego’s East County.  

Although wind turbines have been growing in popularity as an energy alternative in the 21 st century, there has been little to no testing done on the effects that these towering turbines could have on animals or for that matter, humans in the vicinity.  We require testing of chemicals to assure safety before they may be used in the environment.  Why is similarly rigorous testing not required to date for wind turbines?

This is concerning particularly in East County, which has among the highest number of horses per capita in the U.S. along with other livestock.  In addition the region is home to endangered Peninsular Big Horn sheep, rare birds such as the tri-color blackbird, eagles and hawks, mountain lions and other wildlife.  Even pets such as dogs and cats potentially could be impacted.

Federal wildlife authorities voice concern over wind impacts on wildlife

There are currently no noise standards for wildlife in the U.S.  However the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, in a document titled The Effects of Noise on Wildlife, concludes that “although there are few studies specifically focused on the noise effects of wind energy facilities on birds, bats and other wildlife, scientific evidence regarding the effects of other noise sources is widely documented.”

Those impacts include both audible noise and low-frequency infrasound which turbines generate.  “It is important to take precautionary measures to ensure that noise impacts at wind facility are thoroughly investigated prior to development,” the USFWS determined.

Declines in some bird species have occurred at noise thresholds as low as 35 decibals (dba), the USFWS notes.  Noise levels of 35 to 43 dba have been measured up to a mile from turbines.  Closer in, within 300 feet, sound levels of 50 dba have been recorded.  Noise can interfere with communications among birds, having an impact “ultimately on avian health and survival,” according to the USFWS report.

Mass animal die-offs

In an article titled Are Wind Turbines Killing Innocent Goats?  Discovery Magazine reported that a Taiwanese farmer blames the death of 400 goats on a nearby wind facility.  His claim is backed up by a local livestock inspector who said unusual sounds can impact animals’ appetite, growth and sleep.  The farmer has stated that the goats had been unable to sleep and began losing weight prior to their deaths. 

In Wisconsin, a farmer who tells his story on YouTube describes losing 19 cattle that died or had to be put down because they were “pretty much lifeless.”  In addition, 30 calves have died. The farm is within a mile of a wind facility.  One cow removed from the site and moved elsewhere later recovered, the farmer stated.

Reproductive problems

An Ontario, Canada goat farmer reported that all 20 of his nanny goats miscarried or had kids that died within hours of birth.  

Dr. Nina Pierpont, author of Wind Turbine Syndrome,interviewed a horse breeder who lost six of eight babies after wind turbines were erected nearby his breeding mares.  Some aborted early, others had no milk and others didn’t conceive. 

“I’ve been in the horse business for 45 years,” the rancher said. “I don’t know whether there’s dirty electricity in the ground, I don’t if they keep them from sleeping…but there’s something.”

If turbines are, in fact, causing miscarriages and other reproductive problems in large animals, what could this mean for the health of pregnant women and women of child-bearing age living in close proximity to the turbines?

The public has no answers, because  governments have not required any scientific testing to prove that turbines are safe for humans or animals, despite the proliferation of massive wind projects approved or in the pipeline.

Additional animal issues in wind turbine areas

Chickens near wind farms have been known to lay shell-less or soft-shelled eggs resulting in deaths of chickens. 

Dr. Nina Pierpont at Johns Hopkin University School of Medicine has concluded that Wind Turbine Syndrome occurs in people as well as in animals.  “During my research interviews I collected anecdotal information on animal problems. I heard about moles, deer, dogs, horses, ponies, alpacas, goats, seals, sea eagles (Norway), killdeer, and frogs—all of whom disappeared, behaved abnormally, and/or had observed reproductive failure,” she has written

It is widely known that bird kills are common when birds collide with whirling turbine blades.   Most notoriously, the Altamont wind farm in California has killed thousands of golden eagles, as well as many other birds. 

The impacts for bats, however, are even worse.  Mass bat die-offs can occur even when bats don’t strike blades, because their lungs explode from the air pressure changes, an article in Current Biology reported in 2008.

In some portions of Wisconsin, Canada and other areas, residents have reported disappearance of wildlife ranging from hummingbirds to crickets to nesting swallows after wind turbines came into the area. Some pet owners have also reported unusual behavior in dogs, such as a reluctance to go outside when turbines are spinning.

Noise impacts on marine mammals

In Germany, a dozen dead porpoises washed ashore near the site of a newly completed wind farm and authorities did not rule out the wind facility as potential causes.  Some have suggested that the beaching of 130 dolphins at Cape Cod may be related to wind turbine facilities nearby.  At high levels, sound from military sonar has been shown to be fatal to marine mammals, the National Resources Defense Council has reported.  

What are the lowest sound thresholds that are safe for whales, porpoises and other marine mammals?  More study appears necessary.

Stray voltage

Animals can also be impacted negatively by stray voltage, also known as dirty electricity.   Cows living near power lines, for example, have experienced reduced milk production and even been observed “dancing” in fields due to electricity in the ground, according to scientific research presented by experts at the International Conference on  Production Diseases in Farm Animals at Michigan State University.   

Magda Havas, PhD, has published a provocative article titled “What do Dancing Cows and Zapped Dogs Have in Common?”  Havas reports on stray voltage, or ground current, in Toronto, Canada that killed a dog and zapped a child. Cattle have been videotaped “dancing” or lifting hooves repetitively from being shocked by electrical voltage in the ground, Havas reveals. 

High ground currents from stray voltage have been measured near multiple wind facilities, including Palm Springs and Campo, California. The latter has had ground currents measured at 1,000 times normal in the Manzanita Indians’ tribal hall and church near a wind facility on a neighboring reservation, according to measurements taken by Dr. Samuel Milham, author of Dirty Energy.

Cumulative observations in some geographic areas

One sheep farmer in Waterloo, Australia had a three-fold spike in birth defects since the turbines started operating. This year, lambs have been born with no ears, three legs and hoofs turned backwards, the Australian newspaper reported.   While it’s difficult to know the cause for a handful of birth defects, the fact that they occurred in the same area where chickens have begun laying yolkless eggs and many humans have complained of health problems increases concerns.

A growing number of geographic areas now report animal symptoms overlapping human health complaints after wind turbines are built.  Is it all just coincidence?

Conclusion

Mounting anecdotal evidence suggests a need for caution before building wind turbines in areas near wildlife, livestock, and people.  While it’s too soon to conclude that turbines have caused the various health problems and fatalities in animals near industrial wind facilities, it is also dangerous to assume that wind turbines are safe for animals or humans living in close proximity. 

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To read about additional incidents of unusual animal behavior and health impacts observed near wind turbines, visit http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/category/what-effects-do-wind-turbines-have-on-domestic-animals-wildlife/?var=aa.

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PS 87: Christopher Booker Was Exposing the Wind Turbine Scam back in 2012 in The Telegraph.

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How much profit will a turbine turn?

Developers of wind farms offer ‘sweeteners’ to local communities, but they may be tiny compared to the revenues.

Giant turbines loom over their neighbours on Fullabrook Down in Devon - How much profit will a turbine turn?

Giant turbines loom over their neighbours on Fullabrook Down in Devon Photo: APEX
 

Scarcely a week goes by when I am not asked by a local campaign group to publicise their fight against some scheme to build one of those increasingly hated wind farms. So many developers are now piling in on the subsidy bonanza that, according to a survey by the Western Morning News, in Cornwall and Devon alone no fewer than 600 such schemes are now being discussed or going through the planning process.

A ploy often used by developers to buy off opposition to their proposals is to offer cash to fund local community projects. But few campaign groups are aware just how derisory the sums often are, compared with the gains the developers stand to make.

I was recently approached, for instance, by Felix Williams, mayor of the little Suffolk market town of Eye, over a plan for two huge 3.4 megawatt (MW) turbines that would loom over the town from the site of a former wartime airfield nearby. Although the scheme was almost unanimously opposed by the town council, it was approved by Mid-Suffolk district council, on the grounds that it was necessary to meet the local target set by the Government, itself determined by our commitment to the EU to generate 32 per cent of our electricity from renewables by 2020, mainly from tens of thousands of new turbines.

The developers tried to appease opponents of the scheme by offering Eye £7,000 a year. What Mayor Williams wished to know was how this compares with the profits they might make from it.

The developers specify the capacity of their turbines – which will be taller than the spire of Salisbury Cathedral – as 6.8MW. But they admit, because wind is intermittent, that the actual output will only be around 2MW. In fact, even this is optimistic: turbines in England generate on average only 20 per cent of their capacity, so it’s unlikely that the average output of the Eye turbines will be more than 1.4MW. Sticking with the developers’ own figure, though – how much would their 2MW earn them?

As a rule of thumb, the annual income per MW fed to the Grid from wind energy is around £800,000, half from the sale of the electricity, the other half from the subsidy we all pay through our electricity bills under the Government’s Renewables Obligation. (These can only be rough averages because the value of each varies.) So the income from the Eye turbines might be around £1.6 million a year – which hardly makes the £7,000 offered to the locals for the blighting of their skyline the bargain of the century. (As Mayor Williams says, the town already pays £5,500 a year just for its new unisex public lavatory.)

Compare this with what the BBC describes as “the huge windfall” being offered to villagers in Powys by the German-owned energy giant RWE, to win their support for a plan to build 65 3MW turbines, each 450ft high, at Llanbrynmair, on the hills of central Wales. This “sweetener”, as the BBC calls it, will amount to a staggering £18.8 million over 20 years. But from RWE’s own figures we can see that the wind farm’s possible income of £50 million a year will amount to £1 billion (£500 million of it subsidy) over the same 20-year period.

This is how preposterous the finances of the great wind scam have become – to yield, very inefficiently, only a fraction of our electricity. (One medium-sized gas-fired power station can produce 800MW, reliably, all the time, at a fraction of the cost.) Even David Cameron last week criticised onshore wind farms as “over-subsidised and wasteful of public money”. He should know, since his father-in-law makes £1,000 a day from one on his Lincolnshire estate. But of course this was only a hollow gesture to appease those 100 MPs who recently wrote to him in similar vein, carefully referring only to “onshore” turbines – when the subsidies for those offshore are twice as high and twice as indefensible.

The fact is that, thanks to that unrealisable commitment agreed with the EU, the Government will do nothing meaningful to remedy this grotesque waste of public money. The destruction of Britain’s countryside – against the wishes of communities like those in Suffolk, Powys, Devon, Cornwall and so many other places – will therefore continue at an ever greater rate.

That EU ‘elephant’ appears in the circus

There have been few longer-running threads in this column than that famously invisible “EU elephant in the room” – the way that ministers, MPs (and even, alas, too many journalists) fail to admit or explain that some controversial policy or law stems not from our own government but from “Europe”, and we are therefore powerless to change it. There have been countless examples over the years, from the destruction of our postal system to those fraudulent but EU-approved breast implants.

Another recent instance is the weird little game our politicians have been playing over a proposal that we should ban the use of animals in circuses. When a backbench motion to this effect last year won unanimous Commons support, the MP behind it announced that he had been warned by David Cameron’s office that the Prime Minister would look on it “dimly” if he proceeded with his campaign. Agriculture minister Jim Paice hinted darkly that there could be “legal challenges” to such a ban.

What no one admitted was that, under EU Single Market rules, animal welfare issues are now exclusively an EU competence, and that, since this was extended to circus animals by Commission Regulation 1739/2005, a British ban would be declared illegal by the European courts.

Last week they were at it again: a Labour frontbencher accused the Government of hiding behind “spurious threats of legal challenges”; the Green Party MP Caroline Lucas stamped her foot at the Government’s refusal to ban “this cruel and outdated practice”; and Mr Paice said that, while the Government was “minded” to introduce a ban, the “legal issues” surrounding it “mean that pursuing a ban is not an immediate possibility”. But no one even hinted at the actual nature of those “legal issues”.

It is certainly ironic that, while all those MPs are keen to show how passionately they want such a ban, they are all equally keen to say how much they love the Single Market which makes a ban impossible. But the oddest thing of all is the way these MPs – happily accepting that we get most of our laws from Brussels – seem so demeaningly anxious to conceal the fact from the rest of us.

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We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB)

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies that are presented as ‘fact’ regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

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