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Wind farm legal fight called off  

Credit:  ABC News, www.abc.net.au 15 November 2011 ~~

Energy company Acciona has withdrawn a legal appeal over the proposed Allendale East wind farm in the south-east of South Australia.

Acciona had lodged an appeal with the SA Supreme Court after the Environment Resources and Development Court upheld an objection to the planned wind farm, based on its appearance.

Director of communications Tricia Kent says the company will prepare a new planning permit application to meet requirements of the SA Government.

“It’s our preference to work to obtain approval from the planning authorities and we’re in a position to do that with a new application that will meet those new planning requirements and deliver a viable project that will make a great contribution both to the regional economy and to South Australia’s renewable energy efforts,” she said.

“We’ll certainly need to do some initial work on the wind farm layout. It’s certainly our intention to work very closely with the District Council of Grant and the local community as we go through that process.”

Grant mayor Richard Sage thinks those opposed to the wind farm might feel relieved but says they could also feel cheated.

“They will feel relieved to not have to spend money to oppose the project but also cheated about the new legislation which limits their appeal rights,” he said.

Source:  ABC News, www.abc.net.au 15 November 2011

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