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Wind farm footprint

SIR – I write to put a different perspective to Tim Lewis’s article (“New Community Spirit is Blowing in the Wind”, July 19). In my opinion, Professor Walker’s report was a load of tosh. How often have we seen small communities all over Wales battle against big companies who want to introduce giant wind farms which dominate our beautiful landscape?

The only people who benefit are the farmers and landowners.

His report contains rosy statistics (just like the colour photograph). However, it does not inform readers of the huge carbon footprint made when one of these energy projects is built:

a) alternation of road layout to transport these huge machines to site;

b) amount of diesel used by plant during construction/ transportation;

c) disturbance of peat bog, felling of trees – all carbon emitting;

d) manufacturing of concrete (the cause of about 10% of carbon emissions).

Does anyone realise how much concrete it takes to anchor one of these babies?

Any money available is of course snapped up – a community’s need is as much as developers greed.

Rural areas are selected to site wind farms because highly populated areas would object more strongly, with much more magnitude.

LINDSAY DAVID MILSOM
Dunraven Street, Glyncorrwg, Port Talbot.

Newspaper: Western Mail
Date: 27/07/07