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AGL withdraw from Hallett 3 Wind Farm court proceedings in SA  

Credit:  Cooranga North Concerned Citizens Group ~~

Please see below a link to a media release from AGL last Monday announcing that they are not proceeding with the development of Hallett 3 Wind Farm as previously approved. The approval was subject to an appeal and proceedings for rehearing through the ERD Court in South Australia to gain approval for the Hallett 3 Wind Farm. AGL have withdrawn from the proceedings.

http://www.agl.com.au/about/ASXandMedia/Pages/AGLtoincorporatemoreiconomicturbinetechnologyinwindfarmproposal.aspx

AGL have withdrawn only a few days before they would have been required to disclose documents relating to Hallett 2 Wind Farm to the ERD Court as a result of a recent court order which they strongly contested.

AGL have also recently completed fresh compliance testing at Hallett 2 Wind Farm as a result of a new noise and health complaint that has been received. This complaint follows previous complaints that saw up to 16 turbines turned off from December 2010 to April 2012. AGL announced in April 2012 that they are now compliant.

Whilst AGL have not released the results of the latest compliance testing, they have indicated it is necessary for them to do even further testing. It is unknown if these results have influenced AGL’s decision not to proceed with the appeal proceedings to contest the approval of Hallett 3 Wind Farm.

The Supreme Court of SA was previously influenced by the proven non compliance at Hallett 2 Wind Farm and as a result removed the approval of Hallett 3 Wind Farm and referred it back to the ERD Court for further consideration. AGL have now announced they are not proceeding.

AGL cannot get the Hallett 3 wind farm approved in SA even with 5 dBA added to the allowable noise level by the SA Labour Government in 2009 for Primary Producers. SA is the only State using a 40 dBA noise limit and there is no logic behind their theory that primary producer families can sleep with more noise than ‘rural living’ who are only subjected to 35 dBA of noise in that state.

AGL’s Coopers Gap Wind Farm proposal predicts 40 dBA of noise outside Cooranga North family homes and is a serious health threat. The complainant at Hallett 2 Wind Farm regularly measures wind farm noise between 40dBA and 70 dBA outside his house.

AGL’s performance record in SA together with the actions of SA Courts in relation to Hallett 3 Wind farm, Goyder Regional Council refusing the proposed Stony Gap Wind Farm approval and Tablelands Regional Council recently ordering the shut down of 3 wind turbines at night at Windy Hill Wind Farm, is sending a clear message to our community.

Regards

Bryan Lyons

Spokesperson for the Cooranga North Concerned Citizens Group

Source:  Cooranga North Concerned Citizens Group

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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