Category Archives: EIA Directive 2014/52/EU

Sub judice in Geneva

How often do you hear a politician and/or guilty party (when these are distinguishable) answer a penetrating question with: “I’m sorry, that matter is sub judice, I am not allowed to comment”?  What they are saying is that as the matter … Continue reading

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Substituted Consent? Surely not!

  Section 34 of the Planning and Development Act of 2000 (“PDA2000”) deals with the actual decision on an application for planning permission, including all the necessary formalities and time-limits and so on. . Subsection (12) of Section 34 deals … Continue reading

Posted in An Bord Pleanala; appeal; interested parties, EIA Directive 2014/52/EU, High Court; Judicial Review; Appeal on the merits; judicial discretion, judicial review; Wednesbury Test; O'Keeffe; rationality; Separation of Powers, Kilvinane Wind Farm Ltd; substituted consent, Peremptory law; Directory Law; Planning and Devlopment Act of 2000, Planning and Development Act 2000; guidelines; directives; Sections 28 & 29, Planning Permission; Extension; Planning and Development Act | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

EirGrid ordered to disclose costings

The defence of “commercial or industrial confidentiality” is routinely abused by many enterprises to conceal a plethora of evils from the reach of legitimate requests for Access to Information on the Environment (AIE). . Article 9(1)(c) of the AIE Regulations … Continue reading

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Open letter to IWEA (and Messrs White and Coffey)

The practice of lobbying government Ministers and other influential members of a ruling party is regarded by many as an integral part of our process of democracy. . Those in favour would argue that politicians should look to be educated … Continue reading

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Giant Wind Turbines Collapsing with Alarming Regularity

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
Gravity or some other force at work? **** The number of cases involving collapsing turbines and flying blades (aka “component liberation”) has become so common that, if we were a tad cynical, we would…

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Wind and the Green Dream: Flatulence and Fancy

The renewable energy industry, more particularly the wind industry, has always portrayed itself as the noble knight on the white charger, crusading to save our planet from global warming and climate change. . Nothing could be further from the truth. … Continue reading

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What was it all for?

Hurrah! Windfarms produce a whopping ONE PERCENT of EU energy! The colossal, hugely expensive windfarms that are spread across huge areas of Europe’s land and sea, which are projected to drive up household energy bills by more than 50 per … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with this picture?

Nothing is wrong with this picture – it belongs in a great movie, a fantasy, with a Good Fairy. However, in the real world – somebody is cooking the books (again). See: “EU Renewable Energy Targets: The Compliance Statistics are … Continue reading

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What is the difference between an EIS and an EIA?

During our discussions on my previous blog, where I was privileged to learn from a lot of people who, unlike me, actually know stuff about planning law, I realised that I, and many others, were not too sure about the … Continue reading

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