Petition Tag - turbines

1. Stop Wind Farms in County Louth

Ardee Community Wind Action Group is a local group made up of people from the Ardee and Collon communities in County Louth.

We want to raise awareness in the local community of Gaelectric’s proposed Corracon Wind Farm development in the Drakestown area. Five 126m-high wind turbines are proposed to be constructed in the heartland of the area, where there are approximately 100 dwellings located 500m to 1km from the turbines and 188 dwellings within a 1.5km radius.

Our aim is to inform people about this proposed development with a view to stopping it.

2. Save Culzean Castle, Turnberry and Electric Brae from wind turbines

A BEAUTIFUL SCOTTISH LANDSCAPE IS UNDER THREAT
The South Ayrshire coast is the land of Robert Burns and a very popular tourist destination. It is home to Culzean Castle & Country Park, the famous Turnberry Golf Course, and the weird and wonderful Electric Brae, all bounded by beautiful beaches, seascapes, rural landscapes, forests and hillsides.

A HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE WIND FARM PROPOSAL
A landowner, developer and misguided Community Council are proposing (yet again) to build an industrial wind farm on Knoweside Hill overlooking these national treasures. An earlier proposal was withdrawn in 2011 after a long fight, when finally recommended for refusal by the South Ayrshire Planning Department. Now the developer is back with a new proposal, with turbines nearly twice the size. At 132m these massive structures are taller than a 747 Jumbo Jet standing on its tail with blades sweeping an area the size of a football field.

CULZEAN CASTLE AND KNOWESIDE HILL
Knoweside and the surrounding Carrick Hills fall within Scenic and Rural Protection Areas. Culzean Castle is, to quote Historic Scotland, “one of Scotland’s most important cultural assets, a work of art on a European scale of importance”. It is most significant for its “creation of a romantic set-piece within a pre-existing rugged Scottish landscape”. This effect is achieved by “integrating landscape features within the estate . . . and also against the backdrop of a wider landscape”. The wider landscape is, of course, Knoweside Hill.

TURNBERRY - ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT GOLF COURSES
For golfers, Turnberry is the ultimate in links courses. Site of the famous 1977 “duel-in-the-sun” between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson and three British Opens since, no golfer, spectator or casual visitor would want to see spinning turbines as a backdrop to some of the most beautiful and dramatic golf scenery anywhere.

THE ELECTRIC BRAE
This curious and famous stretch of road gives the feeling of going downhill when actually going uphill. The illusion is created by the surrounding landscape, dominated by Knoweside Hill. It is more than likely that very tall, towering, grey steel structures on the skyline, with massive sweeping blades, would provide a visual reference which would destroy the ages-old optical illusion of the Brae and thus disappoint the thousands of international visitors, who would, of course, stop coming.

Scotland doesn’t need any more wind turbines. Existing sites, plus those either approved or under construction will provide enough capacity to hit even the very high targets set by the current Scottish Government. Allowing this project would be the landowner’s profit, but the nation’s loss.

We cannot permit the vandalisation of South West Scotland’s most scenic coastal area. The public are being misled by the wind farm visualisations provided by the developer and by their PR propaganda, falsely claiming wide local support.

We defeated this project before and we will defeat it again. This time we are better prepared, but we need your help to demonstrate how just many people, on a local, national and international basis oppose this destructive proposal.

3. Too Close To The Coast

We are a community based organisation who are concerned about the level and location of wind turbine developments in Kintyre

4. Support a Land Act For Wales

Following the complete occupation of Wales by the Anglo Normans in 1282 - 4 and again, in the 1420's following the War of Independence led by the great Welsh Prince Owain Glyndwr, great areas of Welsh land was either taken by the English Crown or 'given' as rewards to English barons for fighting for England in the Welsh Wars.

Ironically this was repeated by the Tudors in the 16th, who were of 'Welsh Descent', One such example being the Dukes of Somerset being given Mynydd y Gwair and much else throughout Southern Wales. This Mountain is now the centre of a major local issue and national campaign as the Somerset Trust intends to establish a Wind Mill Plantation on it.

Apart from the above, much of Welsh land was common land - which meant that the peasantry had the right to build a smallholding on it as well as hunt and fish but, increasingly over the centuries and up to the present, the Gentry and incoming 'New Conquistadores, such as Iron and Slate Masters began to seize this Common Land by means of Enclosure Acts. The issue of Anglican Church ownership was very much addressed in the Welsh Tithe Wars of 1886 - 88 by a National Land League but there is still much unfinished business to be taken care of.

Today, the aforementioned land is still occupied by the English Crown and the descendents of the English barons and, increasingly, by outside 'Utiliy Companies as in the case of the Vyrnwy Estate, It is being extensively plundered of its natural resources, such as water and timber, and is being savagely destroyed by gigantic windfarms. It is our Welsh herital land and we want it returned to the communities and people of Wales through this Wales Land Act.

5. Review Alfred, NY Wind Law Setback

The town board wants to hear from Alfred Town and Village Residents about their concerns pertaining to the proposed industrial wind turbines that may be sited in Alfred. It is time to become active and attend the board meeting on May 13, 2010 at the Alfred Station Fire Hall at 7:00pm.

Issues of concern: negative impacts that industrial wind turbines sited within close proximity to homes will have on the local environment and landscape, our health and quality of life, property values, noise and other long term effects.

6. Save The Highland Mountains

The Maine Land Use Regulation Commission is currently reviewing an application for a development permit submitted by Highland Wind, LLC. If granted, Highland Wind, LLC would build one of Maine’s largest industrial wind facilities in the heart of rural Maine and on the doorstep of the Bigelow Preserve and the Appalachian Trail.

According to the permit application:

• This enormous development would cover five mountains and hills and over 7 miles of ridgelines with 39 wind turbines, each well over 400 feet tall – twice the height of the tallest building in Maine. Up to 30 flashing lights would litter our once unspoiled night sky.

• Over 1.5 million cubic yards of rock and soil will be blasted and broken from the mountaintops to level their surfaces sufficiently to build the turbine foundations and over 18 miles of roads, 11 miles of which will be a 32 foot wide ridgeline road. To get an idea of the volume of mountain that will be displaced in this project, imagine a line of over 100,000 dump trucks filled with the excavated material stretching from Highland Plantation to North Carolina.

• Over 420 acres of mountain forest will be clear-cut, including forested wetlands. Additionally, some of the excavated mountain will be used to fill wetlands and streams.

• The normally silent mountains of Highland Plantation would experience sustained noise levels previously unknown.

Many Mainers are alarmed by the magnitude of landscape and soundscape degradation that will occur if this industrial development proceeds and the inevitable damage to Maine’s 'quality of place' that will follow. The development would devalue important scenic resources of state or national significance including the Bigelow Preserve, the Appalachian Trail, Flagstaff Lake, the Kennebec River, Gilman Pond, and the Arnold Trail. All lie in close proximity to the proposed development area.

The addition of your name to this petition will send a loud and clear message to the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission that this permit application should be denied.

7. Save our Shoreline Toronto

We are fighting industrial wind turbines in Lake Ontario, and all the Great Lakes, which represents 20% of the world's remaining fresh water supply.

There are serious and well-established health concerns, environmental concerns (this is a major migratory route), and obvious fiscal irresponsibility involved.

8. State Wide Moratorium on Industrial Scale Wind Turbines For Maine

Recent findings conducted by Dr. Michael Nissenbaum, a radiologist at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent, and Dr. Albert Aniel, an internist at Rumford Hospital, who submitted valid concerns to Governor Baldacci regarding health effects they have observed in patients living within close proximity to industrial scale turbines, raise cause for concern.

The symptoms they include in their findings are: sleep problems (insomnia) and disruption of sleep patterns, headaches, dizziness, unsteadiness, nausea, exhaustion, anxiety, anger, irritability, depression, memory loss, eye problems, problems with concentration and learning, tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

As industrial wind plants proliferate closer to people’s homes and other places people regularly congregate (schools, nursing homes, places of business, etc.) these effects can be expected to become more widespread within the population.

9. No Implementation of Wind Turbines

April 3, 2006

The Niagara Escarpment in wrongly being threatened with destruction. Recognized as one of the most scenic landmarks in Canada, characterized by its rolling hills and forested regions, little can replace the natural spectacles viewed there.

However, this environment is challenged by the Superior Wind Energy, who wishes to implement 133 wind turbines, structures that stand over 400 feet tall and would obliterate the serenity and splendor of the region. Not only would these turbines be unappealing to the aesthetics of the Escarpment, but also rival the sustainability of many species of animals populating the region.

Considering that very rare species of vegetation, birds, reptiles and amphibians inhabit this if would be a tragedy to see these natural organisms become extinct.

Another quality of the Niagara Escarpment the implementation of Wind Turbines would affect is the local economy. The tourism industry would be gravely hurt by such construction because many hikers blaze the trails of the Niagara Escarpment, but with the Wind Turbines obstructing the trails the serenity of the region would be impeded.

Also with less space for housing development and the threat that some current habitants might choose to move because of the turbines, local businesses and industries will not be able to reach there full potential without adequate numbers of employees.

The last topic that will be mentioned is the very relevant fact that so many alternatives to wind energy exist. Solar energy, geothermal energy and bioenergy are all safe and not obstructive method of retaining energy, which do not supplement harsh on the surrounding Escarpment as the potential wind energy would, and these other options must be considered.

The Blue Highlands Citizen Coalition would like to take this time to thank you for taking the time to read our petition, and with you we hope that we have bestowed the knowledge of how many species of wildlife would be affected by potential wind turbines, and we trust that you have become aware of the vital need to prevent any construction of this nature.

Thank you for your patronage.

10. URGENT Petition to Save Isle of Lewis from Massive Windfarm Development

PETITION UPDATE: 28 APRIL 2008

LEWIS WIND POWER'S APPLICATION FOR THE LEWIS WIND FARM WAS REFUSED ON 21 April 2008!!

See:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2008/04/21102611

Many thanks to all who signed the petition.

However, the applications for the Muaitheabhal Wind farm on the Eisgein Estate and the Pairc Wind Farm are still under consideration.

The MUAITHEABHAL WINDFARM PUBLIC INQUIRY to examine the impact of the Muaiatheabhal Windfarm on the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area is to start on May 13 2008. It will be held in the Caladh Inn, James Street Stornoway Isle of Lewis.

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PETITION UPDATE 27 December 2006

In a press release dated 12 December 2006, Amec and British Energy (who have jointly named themselves Lewis Wind Power for their proposed Lewis Wind Farm development) announced that a revised proposal had been submitted to the Scottish Executive for their planned wind farm on the Isle of Lewis. The amended application would involve the building of 181 of the world's largest turbines in the same area as the previous application except with 53 turbines removed for environmental reasons. The 181 turbines are reportedly more powerful than the turbines in the original application. See Press and Journal article "GIANT WINDFARM OPPOSED BY NINE OUT OF 10 RESIDENTS" - 12 December 2006 on website : http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk

In April 2006 Beinn Mhor Power submitted a revised application for 53 giant turbines on the Eisgein Estate, a reduction on their original application for 133 turbines but stating that the new application was Phase 1 of the windfarm. In April 2004 Scottish and Southern Energy submitted a Scoping application for the Pairc Wind Farm, for 125 giant turbines in the Pairc region of Lewis adjoining the Eisgein estate. This is still under review.

These revised/amended plans and talk of phased production raise concerns whether further wind farms would be constructed once the initial phases were complete. The undersea cable from the Western Isles to the mainland represents a huge capital outlay and would only be justified if the Western Isles produced a large amount of electricity. Given the intermittent nature of wind power, how many wind turbines would be required on the Western Isles to justify the cost of an undersea cable and interconnector?

Considering the ecologically sensitive and environmentally valued characteristics and landscape of the island, the revised wind farm applications would still represent a massive and damaging intrusion which is overwhelmingly opposed by the vast majority of islanders, particularly those in the affected areas. (The Press & Journal article referred to above relates to this).

When viewed against the 2 billion tonnes CO2 annual emissions from the degraded peatlands of South East Asia (see http://www.wetlands.org/ckpp ) any carbon savings that would reportedly be made by any of the Lewis wind farms is completely immeasurable. All carbon savings claimed by windfarm developers are set against the CO2 emissions of the older, more inefficient coal-fired power stations. Therefore when compared with hydro and nuclear power generating stations that produce practically zero CO2 emissions, a windfarm built on peatland like the Lewis Peatlands could arguably produce excess, rather than save CO2. Windfarms require conventional power stations to be on permanent standby at all times, to compensate for slack winds, or when very windy conditions require that the turbines are "feathered" (stopped), thereby emitting even more CO2.

We, the undersigned therefore strongly object to the following developments for the Isle of Lewis:

1. We object to Lewis Wind Power's proposed Lewis Wind Farm on North West Lewis
2. We object to Beinn Mhor Power's proposed Wind Farm on the Eisgein Estate
3. We object to Scottish and Southern Energy's proposed Pairc Wind Farm in the Pairc region of Lewis

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December 7, 2005

This URGENT, international petition has been set up to protest against the planned construction of a massive wind farm/factory on the island of Lewis, Western Isles (Outer Hebrides) of Scotland - so massive, it would be the LARGEST WINDFARM IN THE WORLD!

Lewis faces exploitation at the hands of multi-national energy firms. Amec and British Energy (who have jointly named themselves Lewis Wind Power)have submitted plans for the huge Lewis Windfarm development - plans to build a total of 234 giant wind turbines on the small island of Lewis, which only measures approximately 60 km (37 miles) by 30 km (19 miles). The turbines are 140 metres (462 feet) high and their blade diameter is 80-100 metres - longer than a JUMBO JET!

The overwhelming majority of the residents of Lewis strongly oppose this massive scheme, as do environmentalists and ornithologists. Official figures released by the Scottish Parliament regarding the Lewis Wind Power proposal are :- 6,131 objections received, of which 4,573 were from residents of Lewis, and 17 responses in support of the windfarm. These figures show that for every local person who wrote to support the scheme, 269 people wrote to object!! Why then, are they being ignored?

The site for the proposed windfarm lies in and along the Lewis Peatlands Special Protected Area - a UN Ramsar site - protected by EC Habitats Directive.

The urgency of this petition lies in the fact that, despite OVER 6000 OBJECTIONS to the Lewis Windfarm proposal having been submitted, with 75% coming from the islanders themselves, and despite the Lewis Peatlands' protected status, the Scottish Executive is STILL considering the scheme and is expected to make a decision soon.

The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) is extremely concerned at the potential number of birds which could be killed by turbine collision at the windfarm. According to the developers' own Environmental Statement the numbers estimated are: 50 golden eagles, 50 merlin and up to 150 red-throated divers during the 25 year lifetime of the development. These kills exclude impacts with transmission lines. Migrating whooper swan, corncrake and white-tailed eagle will also be affected by the proposal. 6255ha of active blanket bog - an internationally rare habitat - could be damaged by construction and road works, resulting in a staggering 4% of the entire GB population of dunlin and 1.5% of the golden plover population being lost due to habitat loss.
See: http://www.rspb.org.uk/scotland/action/lewis/index.asp

The environmental impact on the peat bog will be enormous. Each turbine will have a base and hardstanding of up to 1,800 square metres and 2.5 million cubic metres of peat would be excavated during the project's construction.
See: http://www.imcg.net/threat/03.htm

The Lewis peatlands is one of the world's last great peat bogs, a carbon sink locking up atmospheric carbon dioxide and playing a vital role in regulating climate change. The Kyoto Protocol calls for the preservation of carbon sinks. Why then, is this one not being protected?

Further to the turbines, 210 pylons with transmission lines - nine electrical sub-stations, nine wind monitoring masts, six rock quarries (excavating 4 million cubic metres of rock), eight temporary compounds and numerous concrete batching plants would be built, as well as 167km of road across the Lewis Peatlands area. This is unparalleled in any existing wind farm development anywhere in the world today!

In addition, tourism brings in an estimated £40-60 million annually to the Western Isles and represents a major source of income for the island. The disfigurement that this project will inflict on the remote, unspoilt landscape will certainly dissuade tourists from visiting, and greatly diminish the income gained from this essential sector.

Hard on the heels of the Lewis Windfarm application are two other submissions for large-scale wind farm developments in the scenic Pairc Peninsula area of Lewis - also Important Bird Areas and conservation areas - where a further 258 industrial turbines could be built. Beinn Mhor Power has submitted an application for 133 giant turbines on the Eisgein Estate and Scottish and Southern Energy has submitted a scoping application for the Pairc Windfarm - 125 giant turbines.

If the Lewis Windfarm gets approved by the Scottish Executive, will Lewis and maybe the rest of the Western Isles be transformed into a massive wind factory?

Extracts from the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 2003: "The pressures on ecosystems will increase until human attitudes and actions change. Achieving this change, however, will require radical alterations in the way nature is treated at every level of decision-making and new ways of cooperation between government, business and civil society. The warning signs arc there for all to see. The future lies in our hands."
See: http://www.millenniumassessment.org/en/article.aspx?id=58

11. No to wind farm/turbines in Kinlochleven

British Alcan along with Hydroplan are gathering data on two anemometer masts situated at Meall an Dorie Dharaich and Meall na Duidhe. They plan to build a wind turbine farm on the East horizon above the village, and put hydro turbines in several rivers in and around the village.