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Czechs, Poles protest against construction of windmills

Some 150 people today protested against the construction of wind turbines in Poland and the Czech Republic at a Czech-Polish tourist border crossing. According to the protesters, various investors plan to build up to 400 windmills in the area - the Czech and Polish side of the Orlicke hory mountains. They say the construction of up to 200 metre high windmills would go against the character of the landscape.

Some 150 people today protested against the construction of wind turbines in Poland and the Czech Republic at a Czech-Polish tourist border crossing.

According to the protesters, various investors plan to build up to 400 windmills in the area - the Czech and Polish side of the Orlicke hory mountains.

They say the construction of up to 200 metre high windmills would go against the character of the landscape.

"We dislike the investors' arrogance most of all. Their windmills have already damaged the landscape in Western Europe and now they press upon us," Jarmila Schlegelova, from a local civic association, told CTK.

"If your environment is deformed, our soul will be, too," she said.

Schlegelova also pointed to the fact that windmills were noisy.

The protest was held near Anenska Studanka where four new wind turbines started to operate on Friday, being added to six turbines that have been functioning for some time in the place.

It was organised by a Polish group and the Union for Landscape (Unie pro krajinu), associating 17 local groups that oppose the construction of windmills in various parts of the Czech Republic.

However, people have rejected windmills in public referendums in some areas.

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Some 150 people today protested against the construction of wind turbines in Poland and the Czech Republic at a Czech-Polish tourist border crossing.

According to the protesters, various investors plan to build up to 400 windmills in the area - the Czech and Polish side of the Orlicke hory mountains.

They say the construction of up to 200 metre high windmills would go against the character of the landscape.

"We dislike the investors' arrogance most of all. Their windmills have already damaged the landscape in Western Europe and now they press upon us," Jarmila Schlegelova, from a local civic association, told CTK.

"If your environment is deformed, our soul will be, too," she said.

Schlegelova also pointed to the fact that windmills were noisy.

The protest was held near Anenska Studanka where four new wind turbines started to operate on Friday, being added to six turbines that have been functioning for some time in the place.

It was organised by a Polish group and the Union for Landscape (Unie pro krajinu), associating 17 local groups that oppose the construction of windmills in various parts of the Czech Republic.

However, people have rejected windmills in public referendums in some areas.

Windmills produce only 0.14 percent of electricity use in the Czech Republic. Most of the country's energy is produced in coal and nuclear power stations.


Source: http://www.praguemonitor.co...

OCT 12 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/17473-czechs-poles-protest-against-construction-of-windmills
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