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Don’t Stand on the Sidelines – Get In There!

  A friend asked me the other day that if a person wanted to take the granting of planning permission on review, did you have to be somehow involved in the original application? As is the case with most questions … Continue reading

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Report on Communication ACCC/C/2014/112 regarding complaint of non-compliance against Ireland

  The first session involved the opening statements.  These are delivered in writing to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee (ACCC) beforehand, which allows a speaker from both sides to paraphrase and highlight the main points underpinning the Communication and the … Continue reading

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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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The Spontaneous Combustion of Wind Turbines

They’re going off like Roman Candles. Not enough in Ireland, apparently. Wind Turbine Terror: Collapses & Spontaneous Combustion  

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An Bord Pleanala has a DUTY to alert interested parties

  The right to comment on planning applications, and on appeals to planning decisions, by both the parties to that application/appeal and interested or affected citizens, is a fundamental premise of our planning law. As far as the right of … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Wind Farm Contract – Part 4

  In this series on wind farm contracts, I have attempted to highlight certain scary consequences that might befall the landowner after entering into one of these contracts. This concluding segment is more of the same. In this final part, … Continue reading

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More on that Sect 28 Amendment

Since my last blog on the sleight-of-hand S28 amendment of the Planning and Development Act of 2000 (PDA2000), a number of very interesting theories have bubbled to the surface. We all love a good conspiracy theory, so let’s have at … Continue reading

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The amendment of Section 28 of the PDA 2000

A reader alerted me to an interesting amendment to the Planning and Development Act of 2000 (PDA 2000). Section 28 relates to guidelines issued by the Minister (or in the case of wind farms, not issued by the Minister since … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Wind Farm Contract – Part 2

  In my previous blog I explained how a typical wind farm contract consists of two divisible parts, an Option and a Lease. When looking at an Option, I came to the inescapable conclusion that by selling the wind farm … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Wind Farm Contract – Part 1

  I am often approached by people asking me to explain just how a wind farm contract works. I usually evade these questions either by honestly pleading ignorance or less honestly, by using the well-used cop-out employed by lawyers: “It’s … Continue reading

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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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The Economy-Crushing Consequences of Massively Subsidised Wind Power

  Great blog from “Stop these Things”. Although written about the UK, the same is true of Ireland – probably worse, given our smaller economy / market. The Economy Crushing Consequences of Massively Subsidised Wind Power

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Irish Wind Farm Neighbours Detail Unnecessary Daily Acoustic Misery

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
As the World reacts to the insane cost of backing an utterly pointless power source, by slashing subsidies and removing the only ‘reason’ for ‘investing’ in the greatest environmental and economic fraud of all…

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Wind Turbines and Human Rights

Many people harp on about their human rights but I am always amazed that most people do not know of the extent of their rights or where they come from. . If you are an Irish citizen then a lot … 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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Oh No Alex!

“Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week, Mr White said “the whole world needs to de-carbonise” and renewable energy was part of that. Onshore wind energy was the most cost-effective renewable energy currently available for Ireland. … Mr White said there was … Continue reading

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Alex White! How? What? Why?

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, as described here and here and here (and more where that came from), the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White, when asked about public concerns over wind farms, today told the … Continue reading

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C’mon Leo, get off your arse.

The fact that wind turbines are dangerous to human (and animal) health is now so well established as to be almost axiomatic. A previous blog (and subsequent comments) highlighted the extensive peer-reviewed research showing the dangers of infrasound. . The … Continue reading

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Wind Fraud

In Australia, Senator John Madigan continues to expose the fraudulent goings on in the wind industry. This time he has demonstrated that a wind company used methodologically flawed acoustic test reports to secure planning permission for an industrial wind farm. … Continue reading

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