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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also in my area, Mark Simmonds, MP for Boston and Skegness, in opposing Triton Knoll offshore windfarm, wrote "I also firmly believe that wind farms should be located appropriately and have local support." But Triton Knoll is twenty miles out to sea! Does he think the only appropriate location is the middle of the Pacific Ocean?
http://www.offshorewind.biz/2013/02/18/uk-bostons-mp-opposes-triton-knoll-offshore-wind-farm-substation/
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have sympathy for those opposing on-shore wind farms but opposing off-shore sites does seem to be foolish.

Perhaps he is concerned about the plight of whelks or disturbance to the tack of seals?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think he reckons that unless the whelks and seals write letters of support then the offshore windfarm shouldn't be built.

Erm, how old is he Twisted Evil ?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be of interest if someone could do some research on the effect of off shore wind farms on fish populations. On the face of it the turbines should stop fishing in the area and it would be good to know if that creates a fish sanctuary or whether, as some antis are saying, the vibration from the turbines scares the fish away.

I have also heard that the rock armouring placed against the monopile foundation forms a nursery for young fish. The lack of trawling between the turbines would enable the sea floor to regenerate so in theory these areas should act as marine sanctuaries. They are also placed on banks in the sea so the shallow sea should be good for aquatic plant growth.

Anyone heard anything?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In pretty much all respects, windfarms are good for marine life. They do indeed produce a de facto marine conservation zone with diverse habitat niches.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if Hugh Fairly-Annoying included them in that 0.001% figure he quoted for how much of the UK sea is protected Smile ?

Also I can't imagine sea life finding WT noise more annoying than the racket made by shipping, which is apparently confusing whales.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a webcast of our great and noble Lincolnshire County Council in which their approval of the completely bonkers anti-windfarm policy is agreed. http://www.lincolnshire.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/97767

(The chairman lives in my village!)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

~02:53 John Hough (LAB) was fairly sensible.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

biffvernon wrote:
Here is a webcast of our great and noble Lincolnshire County Council in which their approval of the completely bonkers anti-windfarm policy is agreed. http://www.lincolnshire.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/97767

(The chairman lives in my village!)


Ah. The link requires my computer be contaminated by Microsoft.

Fail.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a medium sized wind turbine a few hundred yards away from the house, I can honestly say I haven't heard a single sound from it, even in high winds, so I'm puzzled that noise is an issue.

I think it's much more likely that people object because they fear it will damage that most valuable of British things - their house prices.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is equally zero evidence about house prices.

There's a nice bit of research from Australia, sorry lost the link, saying that reports of health effects of wind turbines go up when anti wind people say there will be health effects. People become afraid that there health will be affected so lie awake at night worrying about it, lose sleep and get unhealthy. Blame the anti wind lobby!
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