FRANCE -- In Puceul, near Nozay (Loire-Atlantique), the breeders Didier and Murielle Potiron recorded their 400th dead cow in mid-December 2020 since the construction of the wind farm.
400. This is the number of dead cows recorded on December 19, 2020 at Didier and Murielle Potiron's farm since 2012. That is to say since the construction of the Quatre Seigneurs wind farm , one of the eight turbines of which is installed. on their land.
Three new cows died in early January 2021
Monday, January 4, 2021, this symbolic figure was even exceeded since the cattle breeder, contacted, announced: "We have three others who have just died, without any apparent explanation," he says.
"We stopped having autopsies performed by the Nantes veterinary school because it was at our expense and we always had the same answer: no explanation of the cause of death".
For Didier and Murielle Potiron, but also for their neighbor breeder Céline Bouvet , the origin of this excess mortality of their animals is clearly linked to the nearby wind turbines. All the more so as they themselves have suffered the effects on their health for all these years: permanent fatigue, muscle pain, headaches, insomnia … so many problems that disappear as soon as they move away from their farms / homes.
On December 19, through their daughter Alexandra, the Pumpkins sent this sadly ironic message on social networks, accompanied by the photo of the animal in question:
"Thank you to the state services. Thank you to the agricultural profession. Thank you to the scientists. Thank you to the wind industry. Here is the 400th cattle that has died since 2012. Still no solutions proposed."
A meeting organized by the sub-prefect Pierre Chauleur
A few days earlier, on December 16, 2020, an “audio-meeting” had nevertheless been organized by the sub-prefect of Châteaubriant-Ancenis, Pierre Chauleur, to discuss solutions in order to advance this file, which has become a real drag for development. wind farm in France.
“Representatives of the DDTM (Departmental Directorate of Territories and the Sea), the DDPP (Departmental Directorates for the Protection of Populations), the Chamber of Agriculture, the president of the Community of Communes of Nozay Claire Théveniau were invited. (also mayor of Puceul, Editor's note), the mayors of the various municipalities concerned (Saffré, Nozay and Abbaretz in addition to Puceul), the representative of KGAL Mr. Meyer (the operator of the wind farm) and the managers of the two operations concerned ” , explains Didier Potiron.
KGAL refuses any temporary shutdown of the wind farm
"The objective of this meeting was to put in place a protocol to shut down the wind farm for seven days, also with its shutdown. But on the evening of December 15, the day before the meeting, Mr. Meyer sent a mail to the prefecture indicating that he was in total disagreement, recalling that the park "respects French" installation "standards.
According to the farmer, "the Ministry of Ecology is trying to make up for it by trying to make him reverse his decision", but Didier Potiron insists he will not change his mind.
An investigation report is due out in January
From now on, the last hope for the cattle breeders lies in the publication of the report of the commission of inquiry which, in June 2020 , launched a laborious literature review of all the studies already carried out until then, by hearing also from all the players concerned by this thorny issue.
The idea is to identify if any scientific evidence exists of a link between the countless ills suffered by humans and animals living around this wind farm and the turbines.
"We were told that this report should be made public in January," said Didier Potiron.
The stopping of the wind farm, even for a temporary period, appears unlikely without a judicial decision in this direction. It has become a question of who is responsible.
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