Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Shh...Was That A Bang Or A Swoosh?

As objections to wind farms go, this is a doozy.

The Ministry of Defence has decided that it will object to any proposal for a wind farm within 31 miles of Eskdalemuir in the Scottish Borders. The reason? They need to hear nuclear explosions elsewhere in the world.

Eskdalemuir hosts their seismological listening station.

The 31 miles takes in a huge chunk of the Borders region and extends almost onto Edinburgh's doorstep, effectively making this whole area off-limits to wind turbines.

But something puzzles me. If the wind turbines are that seismologically noisy, then why hasn't the MoD objected to other infrastructure works in the area, like new roads and the Borders railway? Surely there should be a blanket ban on lorries entering the 31-mile exclusion zone?

Not for the first time where the MoD's objections are concerned, I smell a rat.

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