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Marine conservation charity slams wind farm plans  

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) has condemned government plans to construct up to 7,000 new wind turbines along the UK coastline.

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) has condemned government plans to construct up to 7,000 new wind turbines along the UK coastline.

Wind farms pollute habitats through construction, maintenance and noise disturbance, the WDCS claims. The charity added that all developments in the marine environment, including wind farms, should be subject to rigorous environmental assessment before development is permitted.

Mark Simmonds, WDCS’s director of science, said: ‘Our concerns about marine wind farms should not be dismissed as NIMBYist [not in my backyard]. While we are highly concerned about climate change and supportive of the development of renewable energy sources, we are also aware that wind farms may impact dolphins, porpoises and whales and that this needs to be very urgently addressed.

‘The existing system of protection is poor and failing, and to speed ahead with marine wind farms in this way shows a lack of appreciation for marine nature conservation and marine wildlife.’

Dive Magazine

7 January 2008

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