SIC notes petition calling for Viking Energy windfarm construction to be suspended and instructs for report to be produced 

The SIC has noted a petition calling for work to be halted on the Viking Energy windfarm.

The petition, which had gathered more than 1,200 signatures, was submitted by campaign group Save Shetland for discussion at today’s (Wednesday) council meeting. 

It raised concerns  that the development was not being “independently monitored and scrutinised”. It called for all construction work to be stopped until concerns have been addressed.

The SIC’s political leader moved that the petition be noted and for a council officer to be instructed to provide a report for discussion at a future meeting. 

Viking Energy windfarm spokesman Aaron Priest said independent scrutiny of wind farm construction and related monitoring programmes was already in place.

He said it was the legal responsibility of the SIC’s planning service and the Scottish government, in consultation with statutory consultees such as Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

He said the scrutiny of construction is enshrined through existing Environmental Impact Assessment.


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  • ian Tinkler

    • January 20th, 2021 11:19

    Well that will waste a bit of time!

  • George Herraghty

    • January 21st, 2021 15:32

    Since when did the industrial scale slaughter of Birds and Bats, by the million, become ‘clean green’ energy?

    Every year in Spain alone — according to research by the conservation group SEO/Birdlife — between 6 and 18 million, yes million, birds and bats are killed by wind farms. They kill roughly twice as many bats as birds.

    The Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle is at the point of extinction due to wind farms. Recent research from around the world indicates horrific bird mortality rates:-

    Spain – 330 Birds per turbine per year
    Germany – 309 Birds per turbine per year
    Sweden – 895 Birds per turbine per year

    When will the wind industry be forced tell us the appalling truth?

    And before the absurd is mentioned, I’ve never seen an eagle, gannet or fulmar killed by a cat, car windscreen, or kitchen window!

    • keith foubister

      • January 23rd, 2021 20:07

      It is well reported that lighthouses kill far more birds than turbines


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