Since giant fans went up – only the bravest drink from my well

Laurence Well

Only the bravest drink from my well.

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In our post “The Breakout” we talked about just how sick and tired we all are of crippling wind power driven electricity prices, how those unfortunates stuck with giant fans are sick and constantly tired as a result of incessant and debilitating low-frequency turbine noise – and how the world is growing tired of the nauseating stream of a wind weasel corruption, lies and deceit.

Adverse interference with water tables is just another “wonderful” feature of eco-friendly giant fans.  The largest fans require a steel reinforced concrete base of around 400 m³.

The base itself – depending on the rock strata – for 3MW turbines will be set up to 30 m below the surface and – if the soil is unstable and rock anchors are required – reinforced concrete pillars are drilled up to 90 m below the surface and literally screwed into the rock strata.  In either event, there will be obvious disturbance of – and interference with – underground water or streams percolating underground.

In their planning applications – wind weasels routinely lie about the impact of their giant fans on groundwater.  One of them – ScottishPower – has just been caught out in Bonnie Scotland not only poisoning the local inhabitants drinking from their water supply – the water supply it polluted – but lying and obfuscating in classic wind weasel fashion about the harm that it is causing to human health.

Here’s The Time’s take on the latest efforts by a wind developer to cover-up the harm it’s caused to innocent locals.

Power company knew residents’ water supply was heavily polluted
The Times
Marcello Mega
21 September 2013

ScottishPower has been accused of contaminating a private water supply to homes in the shadow of Europe’s biggest wind farm and of failing to tell the community that its drinking water could endanger health.

The company denies causing the contamination, but admits not warning anyone that drinking water, from ten homes near Airtnoch Farm, Ayrshire, was, at times, grossly contaminated.

The wind farm branch of the company, ScottishPower Renewables, insisted twice in June that its regular tests had found no contamination but refused requests to publish its results.

When they emerged, serious contamination was shown over a three-year period before, during and after construction of the second phase of Whitelee, which has 215 giant turbines.

Tests carried out between May 2010 and April this year showed a high reading for E. Coli in tapwater, and for other coliform bacteria. Normally, drinking water should contain no coliform bacteria. Over the three years, only three out of 36 samples from Airtnoch Farm met that standard.

Dr O'connor

Dr Rachel Connor

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The results were obtained by Rachel Connor, a retired clinical radiologist.

Dr Connor, from Waterside, a rural area near Kilmarnock, and others who drank the contaminated water, suffered severe vomiting and diarrhoea, which they had assumed was the result of food poisoning or a viral infection.

They are angry that they were exposed to health risks that could have been serious, especially for the very young or very old.

Dr Connor said: “Given that the developer was ordered to take samples regularly, it would be illogical to suggest it had no duty to inform anyone the water was failing all the tests.

“It’s highly unlikely that Airtnoch Farm is the only supply in Scotland that has been contaminated. There may be hundreds of rural water supplies unknowingly affected by wind farm development.”

In June, ScottishPower Renewable’s press office said: “All sampling was found to be in compliance with recommended limits.”

Previously it had claimed: “Throughout project construction [we] had no reported incidence of contamination.”

Its position this week shifted, with a spokesman maintaining that as construction had not caused the contamination, it was not the company’s responsibility to report it.

A spokesman said: “ScottishPower Renewables is not responsible for the day-to-day management of any private water supply.”

The company has ignored requests for the results of tests on neighbouring supplies, but the spokesman added: “We will look at our processes in terms of notification, but we were monitoring for construction impacts. Where we recognise potential impacts arising from construction activity we would act immediately.”

Scottish legislation states that private water supplies serving one home must be maintained by the owner, but any supply serving more than one is the responsibility of the local authority.

However, when development is involved, the developer is given responsibility to test the supply regularly.

Paul Todd, East Ayrshire Council’s regulatory services manager, said: “ScottishPower has confirmed in writing that it did not advise us of any sampling or testing data in relation to private water supplies in connection with Whitelee.”

The SNP has made renewable energy one of its flagship policies and Alex Salmond, the First Minister, attended the opening of Whitelee in May 2009.

A spokesman said: “The Scottish Government expects developers to take the necessary steps to ensure that they comply with all public health legislation.”

Dr Connor’s MSP and Labour’s Justice spokesman at Holyrood, Graeme Pearson, a former senior police officer, said: “The lack of candour displayed by ScottishPower in with-holding important information relating to a clear health risk is worrying.

“Its failure to report the results deserves examination to ascertain what motivated this level of secrecy and what risks were faced by the community.”

One of Scotland’s leading human rights experts, John Scott, said: “I find it shocking that any organisation would conceal information that could have serious consequences for people’s health. There should be some remedy for those affected, whether through law or human rights.”

Dr Kate Heal, of the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, said that the creation of a wind farm involved the excavation and movement of soil, the laying of tracks and roads for machinery and sometimes, as at Whitelee, forest felling to create space for turbines.

Dr Heal said: “All these activities can affect the pathways by which rain falling on the site drains away and makes its way into rivers and lochs and can affect the ecology of those bodies of water and drinking water.”
The Times

STT says anybody facing down a wind weasel in their territory should scrutinise very closely the assertions it makes concerning groundwater and interference with the local water table.

Planning consents are routinely granted without any proper scrutiny of the impact giant fans have on water tables.

Ordinarily, the wind weasel claims that it is impossible to determine whether it will need to use an ordinary slab base or rock anchors before construction commences.  Therefore, it can’t tell the planning authority what the likely impact might be on local groundwater sources at the time it applies for planning consent.  But by then, it’s all too late.

But don’t be afraid to call their bluff – if you don’t, then one day soon, you too will be drinking from a poison well.

You-Have-Just-Been-Poisoned-Etched-Drinking-Glass

Cool, safe and refreshing – till the fans went up….

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Comments

  1. Jackie Rovensky says:

    The now cancelled Allendale East Acciona project, which Acciona lost in the ERD court, was to be erected on top of the huge underground water courses of the South East of SA. It was to be built directly and very close to both the Ewen Ponds and the now recognised RAMSAR wetlands of the Piccaninnie Ponds.
    Bores are used for both household, sheep and cattle and irrigation water supplies.

    The Suzlon CERES project application on the Yorke Peninsula simply says that if they cause interruption to stock bore supplies, then that’s OK, they will eventually recover. What happens in the meantime – if it does occur and is not addressed? No doubt these, as evident by the proposed Palmer project, are obviously not the only ones.

    What’s wrong with the authorising authorities? Is it like the health issues – that if you can’t see or hear it, then it doesn’t exist!!!!!!!
    Allendale East was won on Visual Amenity – everything else was put aside with the court believing the companies are the so-called experts. I don’t believe possible damage to water courses and supplies were considered, they weren’t given any prominence in Acciona’s application.

    These things are not inert or benign – every action has a reaction. It’s time this was accepted by the authorising authorities with respect to these massive machines.

  2. Reblogged this on Mothers Against Wind Turbines and commented:
    Wind weasels deny all the problems that they cause, because they don’t want to be held accountable!

  3. This is typical of any testing done. At Acciona’s Waubra wind farm they deny that any problem exists. They deny the people who are affected the evidence to support their claims.

    In many cases there has been a lack of response to regulations by the wind weasels which has been demonstrated to the people representing us in local and state governments. Unfortunately these representatives have prowind egos and only give us hollow and stupid responses with no intention of doing anything other than the easy and or the most rewarding way for themselves.

    I think this is a greedy and guttless stance that has evolved since the time the Waubra Wind Farm was developed without A Noise Contour Map, which is a condition of getting the wind farm approved.

    This situation started at Waubra when the local councillor dictated the running of a general information meeting in favour of the wind farm development and denying the basic human rights of the people at the meeting who had very serious issuses. This meeting was illegally conducted. It was biased to those for the development and intimidation was applied to those with serious issues about the development by ignoring correct meeting procedure.

    Noel Dean.

  4. Hydrology will be a key issue for the just announced Palmer- Cambrai “local power generation project” on the Eastern Mt Lofty Ranges.
    WIth no mains water in the vicinity, landowners are heavily reliant on bores and springs flowing out of the hills as well as on the Marne River and Saunder’s Creek.
    T’will be interesting to see how Trustpower guarantee that the hydrology won’t be affected by the massive blasting, excavations and footings required.

  5. Quote of the day, from Big Pond.

    A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.
    Winston Churchill.

    Does that make me 450 feet tall?

  6. A wind farm in Arizona (Ocotillo Wind – Pattern Energy) causes foam rivers to flow after rain – very weird.

    If you look at the person’s channel on YouTube (Save Ocotillo) you will see this planning disaster also causes dust storms from the access roads and noise. Talk about a shattered environment.

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  1. […] Wind power outfits routinely lie about the impact of their giant fans on groundwater.  One of them – ScottishPower – was caught out in Bonnie Scotland not only poisoning the local inhabitants drinking from their water supply – the water supply it polluted – but lying and obfuscating in classic wind weasel fashion about the harm that it is causing to human health (see our post here). […]

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