Scots Win Court Battle to Stop Wind Farm Proposal Poisoning Water Supply

Destroying underground water supplies is just another “wonderful” feature of eco-friendly wind power.  The largest of these things require a steel reinforced concrete base of around 400-500 m³.

For 3MW turbines the bottom of the base itself – depending on the soil profile and rock strata – will sit between 5m and 10 m below the surface and – if the soil is unstable and rock anchors are required – reinforced concrete pillars are drilled from 30m and up to 90 m below the surface, being 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 power outfits routinely lie about the impact their turbine bases have on groundwater supplies.

In 2013, ScottishPower was busted in Bonnie Scotland, not only poisoning the local inhabitants drinking from their water supply – the water supply it polluted, but lying and obfuscating about the harm that it was causing to human health.

In Ontario, the same battle to protect residential water supplies is being waged. And wind developers are using the same tactics of deceit and denial to avoid liability to those who can no longer drink the water, or use it to water their livestock (see our posts here and here).

Now, in a win for common sense, public health and safety, a Scottish Court has scotched plans for a so-called ‘community’ wind power project that would have inevitably rendered the local water supply unfit to drink.

‘A first for Scotland’: Sneddon’s Law windfarm blocked over safe water fears
Herald Scotland
Jody Harrison
17th November 2017

A MULTI-million pound windfarm development has been halted in its tracks by Law Lords after people living nearby complained the work was polluting the water supplies to their homes.

Scotland’s top civil court has rejected an appeal by England-based developer Community Windpower to push ahead with a 15-turbine development on Sneddon Law, East Ayrshire, after it was blocked by council planning officials.

In what is thought to be a first for Scotland, the local authority ordered the company to stop digging on the site after it failed to ensure that water supplies to around 20 households living nearby would remain uninterrupted.

People living in the area complained that silt and other contaminants were coming through their taps, and one young family were left completely without water after test holes dug by the firm cut them off.

The dispute led to a lengthy legal fight which East Ayrshire Council has now won, although the company could still appeal.

Local resident Rachel O’Connor, a former medical consultant, said that she was delighted with the judgment, which she believes will force Community Windpower to honour an obligation to ensure water supplies are maintained before the wind farm can be built.

Mrs O’Connor said: “We were in a pretty desperate plight. Water is crucial to life and if you do not have access to it then there’s little choice but to move.

“What we want to see is our water supplies restored and secured, and this judgment says they will be if the wind farm goes ahead.

“What we did not want to see was the developer complete the windfarm and then wash their hands of the whole situation and walk away.”

The area around Sneddon’s Law is not connected to the main water system, with nearby homes and farms receiving supplies from private sources, such as streams, wells and boreholes.

Community Windpower was given the go-ahead to begin building the windfarm in 2015, but first had to carry out a “satisfactory” water risk assessment (WRA) being carried out by the developer.

However, permission was then withdrawn after over concerns about the quality of the assessment, and the company appealed to Scottish Government Ministers for approval.

The Government’s planning reporter overruled the local authority, but said “fully operational” water supplies would still have to be place before work could begin.

But Community Windpower began test drilling in January this year without meeting the new conditions and the local authority was forced to call a halt to the development, a decision which has now been backed by judges at the Inner House of the Court of Session.

Mrs O’Connor said: “Community Windpower have not actually addressed the underlying deficiencies in what they have to do to provide sustainable safe water supplies, but have instead spent a large amount of money taking the Council to Court for having the temerity to delay their construction.

“This is not about saving the planet or reducing carbon emissions and everything to do with money and providing returns to already wealthy investors, at the expense of a basic human right; the need for adequate supplies of safe water.

“This is something that every city-dweller takes for granted when they turn on the tap; its something that we know to be a precious resource.”

A spokesman for East Ayrshire Council said: “We took this action as we considered the planning conditions which required mitigation work on private water supplies within the site, before the development began, had not been fully implemented and we considered the unauthorised commencement of works posed a significant, imminent risk to those supplies.

“The Appeal decision upholds our actions in issuing the Stop Notice, which had been temporarily suspended, pending this judgement.”

No-one from Community Windpower was available to comment.
Herald Scotland

Here’s some the wind industry prepared earlier, this time in Ontario:

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Comments

  1. Jackie Rovensky says:

    Safety of water supply for the environment, irrigation, stock and human consumption was something put forward in respect to the eventually stopped Acciona Allendale East project in SA.
    It was not an argument that took any hold with either the Environment Court or Acciona – but it should have done. This district of the SE of SA relies completely on its water supply coming from underground sources. So too does the existence of the now Ramsar Listed Piccaninnie Ponds.
    An argument I put forward in my submission to stop the CERES project on the York Peninsula also contained concerns about the damage to underground supplies. the company’s application even had something about if they damage a bore (used for stock watering), it would eventually become usable again – what rot – pollute it and it will be polluted for ever you cannot clean it up. If you pollute underground water supplies you pollute the surrounding earth and all that comes into contact with it.
    This industry and its supporters do nothing but lie and lie again and again. There is nothing safe from their all out push to destroy the environment, there is nothing clean and green about these things, there is always something they will damage no matter where.
    Time will tell just how damaging they have been but does the environment and those suffering adverse health issues have time NO they don’t, so its time Governments everywhere stopped this destruction and began to look to what is actually happening and if what this industry is doing and what it is not doing – that is not producing efficiently safe and cost effective energy without ongoing threats and damage at every turn of their blads.

  2. Reblogged this on Patti Kellar and commented:
    And yet no one in Ontario will listen to residents of Dover or Chatham Kent. #Kathleeniskillingus

  3. Charles Wardrop says:

    Wonderful news, showing Law Lords are, unlike politicians, not corrupt.

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