More ‘Green’ Energy Victims: Wind Farm Landslides Wiping Out Fertile Farmland

With friends like the wind industry, who needs enemies? No one could accuse the wind industry of caring about the environment in which we live.

In Quang Tri Province, Vietnam dozens of wind farms are under construction, with turbines being planted on top of steep ridgelines that sit above fertile valleys. In high rainfall country, soil erosion, land and mudslides follow wind farm earthworks like night follows day.

In Ireland, wind power outfits have been ploughing up and wrecking peat bogs, resulting in a filthy wake of destruction in their path. When one mudslide caused by wind farm construction operations unleashed a torrent of sludge and muck into a nearby river, the pollution wiped out thousands of fish. The Irish government copped a €5 million fine.

In Ontario, wind farm construction activities (namely the pile driving and excavations required for turbine bases) have destroyed once safe and reliable underground water supplies. Instead of crystal-clear potable water, locals have been left with a putrid, toxic sludge. Characteristically, the wind power outfits concerned (and their hand-picked consultants) denied and then lied about their responsibility for wrecking rural water supplies.

So, it comes as no surprise that wind power outfits are riding roughshod over Vietnamese farmers.

At one construction site, rocks and soil moved and loosened during excavations soon found their way downhill and downstream; destroying the rice paddies that are the life and soul of rural Vietnam.

Whether wrecking crucial water supplies, fertile farmland, pristine wilderness or peat bogs, the standard wind industry response is to shrug its shoulders and tell its victims that this is all about saving the planet. With images like that same below, there really is something to be said about the modern meme of corporate social responsibility.

Construction debris at Quang Tri Province wind farms bury farmlands
VN Express
Hoang Tao
7 October 2021

Rocks and soil dug up for wind farm projects in Quang Tri Province constantly roll down hillsides and destroy paddy fields down below.

Rocks and soil dug up for wind farm projects in Quang Tri Province constantly roll down hillsides and destroy paddy fields down below.

In Huong Hoa District, 18 wind farms are nearing completion and will begin commercial operation on November 1.

But according to the province Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, some have yet to take measures to keep construction debris safe.

Rocks and soil dug up to build the Tai Tam wind farm project in Huc Commune are constantly washed down and bury vegetation below.

At the foot of the hill are also paddy fields owned by people living in Huc Thuong village. A storm and rains at the end of last month caused a landslide that buried the paddy fields.

Ho Van Luan, 31, sits on a log that was swept in by floods. Underneath is a fertile paddy field that is now completely buried under landslides.

“We had harvested before the rain brought the rocks and soil down,” Luan says, as he tries to salvage whatever is possible. His family owns a 2,000-square-meter rice field.

Luan walks over another paddy field that is covered in mud.

Ho Van Ka Rai, chairman of the Huc Commune People’s Committee, advises people to wait until the peak flood season is over before listing the damages so that compensation could be paid together.

A paddy field that has been left with gaping ridges by floods.

In Van Ri village too, rocks and soil from the Hoang Hai wind farm project carried by floodwaters have buried paddy fields and irrigation structures.

Soil builds up along a stream in Van Ri Village.

Nguyen Van Nghi, deputy director of the Hoang Hai wind farm, said his firm is negotiating with farmers whose rice fields were buried by landslides to pay compensation. More workers would be hired for works needed to prevent landslides, he added.

Le Quang Thuan, deputy chairman of the Huong Hoa District People’s Committee, said some wind farms are trying to speed up construction and so are not dealing adequately yet with their debris, causing rocks and soil to bury farmlands.

Authorities are instructing them to resolve the problem and help farmers resume agricultural production, he said.

Twelve villages in Huong Hoa District with around 670 residents are considered to be at high risk of landslides and floods.
VN Express

2 thoughts on “More ‘Green’ Energy Victims: Wind Farm Landslides Wiping Out Fertile Farmland

  1. And this is what the Queensland government want to do on the ridges of a state forest.
    The hypocrisy is not crazy it’s insane.
    All political candidates should be subjected to psychological testing.
    But gee, we’d probably be without any form of government and have to totally rely on bureaucracy; so what’s new? They’ve been through the same dumbed down education system.

  2. It appears those farmers growing rice are the ones that know more about saving the planet than the Green Renewable Electric Energy Development (GREED) industry and those who promote it. Compensation is energy, all that energy wasted. At every turn of the propellers scraping the sky these systems waste energy.

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