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On Friday cranes were on the site removing plant machinery and the temporary structures belonging to Alexander. It’s understood that engineers had been on site since the start of September. ...no group has claimed responsibility for the threat.
'We would never consider placing commercial wind turbines close to an urban setting but we are willing to place them close to rural homes and as far as I am concerned, this is unacceptable. It is well documented recently in the media that there are serious health concerns with regarding to wind turbines.
Prof Evans, recently wrote a report pointing to ‘serious adverse health effects associated with noise pollution generated by wind turbines’. The risks were due to sleep disturbance and deprivation with loud noise being one of the main causes.
Denmark-based Siemens Windpower A/S and London firm Fluor Ltd were both fined. Mr Terp, 42, was crushed on 21 May 2010 at Harwich International Port. His colleague Mr Kroeger was airlifted to Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge with serious, life-changing injuries. The Health and Safety Executive said the accident "easily have been avoided"
It had been claimed the project would result in the permanent and irrevocable loss of the habitat of the hen harrier – a protected species.
The current subsidy system for on-shore wind energy in Northern Ireland is set to end next April, a year earlier than planned. ...However, he said that changes in UK policy now mean that keeping it until 2017 would impose extra costs on consumers.
Edward ‘Ned’ Buckley had agreed to a single turbine being erected on adjacent land as part of an overall €30m development of 22 wind turbines by Kilkenny–based Ecopower Developments Ltd. However, he was shocked to discover a subsequent planning application sought provision for a 75m road across his land. ...Mr Buckley conceded that he had signed a document facilitating access but said he later withdrew consent before any decision had been made.
A wind farm company has claimed that Mayo County Council and the National Roads Authority were ‘inconsistent’ in the reasons they gave for denying planning permission for eight wind turbines in bogland near Bangor Erris.
In its decision to refuse planning to the windfarm 4km from Kilmihil, Clare County Council cited the sole reason as the impact the wind farm would have on the fresh water pearl mussel in the nearby Doonbeg River.
A Meath engineer has been granted leave to appeal the High Court rejection of his challenge last month to the decision-making process in relation to a huge wind farm planned for the area.
Ecopower Developments project manager Philomena Kenealy said the company is “very disappointed” with the latest decision”, adding: “We consider it a very suitable site because of elevation and the separation distance, with the nearest turbine 884m from the nearest house.
Achieving the target of generating 40 per cent of Ireland’s electricity by 2020 from renewable sources would require another 200 wind farms around the country, energy specialist Dr Anthony White has said.
In May 2013 the Supreme Court of Justice of Portugal decided that the remaining 3 turbines had to be removed from the vicinity of Mr. R’s property. The lower court had ordered the removal of the closest turbine but allowed the other three to stay, hence the appeal to the Supreme Court. The developer is apparently appealing the decision to the European Court. ...A bittersweet victory given that Mr R’s health is ruined and the family’s way of life destroyed. Money cannot fix that sort of damage. From a legal point of view what is important is that the courts, including the Supreme Court, accepted the expert evidence of the authors of this paper concerning the terrible toll that infrasound and low-frequency noise has on both humans and animals, whilst it rejected the opposing evidence led by the wind industry lawyers.
It's now emerged the Irish Wind Energy Association has warned the Taoiseach that projects in his own constituency of Mayo will be jeopardised if the current set-back standard is changed.
It is difficult to comprehend the scale of a wind farm proposed for north Co Meath and the project would result in the “sterilisation” of other investment in the area, a planning hearing has heard.
Consultation with a Co Meath community in relation to a wind farm development has been hopelessly inadequate and does not meet standards set down in European legislation, an oral planning hearing has been told.
Those living near the existing two wind turbines in Beallough highlighted the increased noise levels as well as the visual impact which a third turbine would create. Residents claim they have been “condemned to a life of misery and noise by the powers that be” through the granting of permission for a third wind turbine.
At the Commercial Court yesterday, Mr Justice Robert Haughton said People Over Wind had raised a number of grounds of appeal of exceptional importance which it was desirable, in the public interest, for the Court of Appeal to determine. The appeal should be expedited, he added.
An engineer has lost his High Court challenge over a proposed wind farm near his home at Kells, in Co Meath.
Dr Alun Evans of Queen’s University Belfast writes that a review of 18 wind turbine health studies concluded that all showed good evidence of causing human distress. Irish planning guidelines for wind energy development are based on the UK’s which are nearly two decades old and relate to the small turbines of that era. Today’s wind turbines are massive and noisier so a 500 metre setback from dwellings is woefully inadequate.