I can write little better than this report from Walk Highlands. I could easily rubbish Fergus Ewing’s claims to employment or houses supplied or Community Benefit or thousands of tone of CO² saved but I would be wasting my breath and you all know it anyway, Are the Scottish Government in thrall to SSE who have now taken over the next door Dumnaglas. What is of great concern is that these two wind farms require a new substation at Garbole and a new overhead pylon line from Tomatin to Beauly. Despite angry resentment at the Garbole Sub Station, SSE are listening to community concerns but obviously the decision was made some time ago, so they are only listening. They are also deaf to local concerns. Considering the severe problems with noise both at Wester Balblair and Auchterawe and that the 200,000 homes blackout that happened due to failure at the Knochnagael substation, we are really entering very dangerous and uncharted territory. We know that Swinney’s declaration that wind had not caused the black out was news to SSE who are still working on the cause of the failure. So we can read a little economical with the truth there. We also know that of seven Italian built reactors which balance renewable energy five have proven to be faulty. We know that the Beauly Buzz is still not solved and won’t be until at the earliest end of October. They actually don’t know whether their preferred option will work. It may do on the computer model. You know, the one that predicted there would not be a noise issue. Taking all these factors into consideration would you approve SSE’s Stronelairg Wind Farm until all the other problems are under control. I know that I wouldn’t!
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