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REVOLT Newsletter 189

Revolt news 11/06/2005

NOTE: this "normal" revolt news may be followed by two special issues this weekend, one on the Draper study published a week ago in BMJ, the other on wind power and the new Sustainable Development Commission report "Wind Power in the UK".

1. Congratulations to Anne McIntosh MP for Vale of York on becoming a shadow minister for foreign affairs. While she may need to pass on some environmental policy issues to a colleague, we hope she will continue to give active support on environmental issues like powerlines and windfarms.

2. Congratulations again to Anne McIntosh on her success in the Private Members' Ballot (No 5 so she has a realistic chance of being called). No doubt she will be offered many interesting bills to promote. One of them is the Microgeneration Bill  which Revolt Secretary Robert Adamson is recommending. Microgeneration is supported by Revolt and is in line with the government's promotion of CHP within its energy policy. The Bill would facilitate microgeneration by incentives for its installation and improved opportunities to trade through the National Grid. The Microgeneration Bill was introduced to Parliamenet in April by MPs from each of the three main parties. Another proposed bill which Revolt supported last year was the Planning (Health and Precautionary Principle) Bill (news176.1) which I think did not proceed. Another possibility, in the light of recent PR promoting wind technology but missing its real flaw, might be a bill to reclassify wind energy as non-renewable, because of the extensive polluting back up which must go with it, except for carefully defined "Good Quality Wind Power" (news184.1 & 185.2).

3. The local Derrybrien group has lost a court appeal to stop works proceeding on the wind farm site where the infamous bogalanche (peat slide) occurred (APPENDIX 1).

4. Iam Paterson <> of Stirling before Pylons 

advises that the application for the Beauly - Denny 400 kV line in the Highlands may be submitted near the end of June. Objections should be sent to the Scottish Executive with a request that they be forwarded to the relevant Councils. Ian has drafted an objection letter (outlining the main grounds for objection) and notes of advice. Ian says "The single most important thing any of us can do at this stage is to write to the Scottish Executive in the critical 28 day period following the planning application being submitted. This is likely to be in June. Letters received before and after this period will not be counted. So if you wrote last summer to the power company you have to write again, this time to the Scottish Executive, 2nd Floor Meridian Court, 5 Cadogan St, Glasgow G26 AT."

5. Still on the Beauly - Denny line, Cairngorms Revolt Against Pylons writes: We are now expecting the Planning Application quite soon and we need to spread the word as wide as possible to get the necessary objections when there are so few people on the ground in the Highlands. At the moment - unless diverted - the 200ft high pylons will come through Ardverikie - what is more, through a part of the Estate which is in the Cairngorm National Park - so designated because of its "national" importance to the whole of the United Kingdom. Please see details on 

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APPENDIX 1 Derrybrien residents lose legal bid 

03 June 2005 17:30

The Derrybrien Co-operative Society, which was formed by 60 local residents of the Co Galway area, has lost a High Court challenge to works relating to the development of a wind farm near the site of the devastating 2003 landslide.

The society sued Gort Windfarms Ltd which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hibernian Wind power, which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of the ESB. The action was also against Saorgus Energy and Coillte Teoranta. The society wanted to stop the felling of trees on a mountain in Derrybrien where the construction of 71 wind turbines is proposed. The society argued before the court that the wind farm needed planning permission for deforestation and an environmental impact statement.

Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne found that a reading of the environmental impact statement attached to the various permissions granted showed clearly that the proposed development envisaged the removal of forestry and the change of use of the land from forestry to use as a wind farm.

She said the society had not made out the case that the deforestation of the lands at Derrybrien is an unauthorised development.

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-- Mike O'Carroll




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