LOCATION/TYPE

NEWS HOME

[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Archive
RSS

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

WHAT TO DO
when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates
RSS

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Coillte’s Cullenagh wind farm to go ahead after appeal concerning freshwater pearl mussel rejected 

Credit:  Ann O’Loughlin | Irish Examiner | November 21, 2015 | www.irishexaminer.com ~~

The way has been cleared for the development of a wind farm after the Court of Appeal rejected a challenge to planning permission centring on concerns for a “critically endangered” freshwater pearl mussel.

Coillte can proceed with erecting 18 wind turbines and associated development on lands at Cullenagh, close to the villages of Timahoe and Ballyroan, Co Laois.

People Over Wind challenged the development on grounds including concerns about a protected fauna in the River Nore Special Area of Conservation, the Nore freshwater pearl mussel.

The mussel is a “critically endangered” species, with an adult population in the River Nore of about 300, having been as high as 20,000 in 1991, Mr Justice Gerard Hogan noted.

While the lifespan of the mussel extends from 70 to 100 years, the Nore freshwater mussel is not known to have reproduced itself since 1970.

Laois County Council refused permission for the development.

An inspector with An Bord Pleanála also recommended refusal.

In June 2014, the board granted permission with what the appeal court described as “key” conditions.

While dismissing the case in the Commercial Court, Mr Justice Robert Haughton said it raised points of law of exceptional importance which it was desirable, in the public interest, for the Court of Appeal to determine.

Giving the appeal court’s judgment, Mr Justice Hogan said the River Nore lies downriver of the proposed wind farm and 68% of the development site drains to the freshwater mussel population.

The real concern, before the board, was that run-off from constructive would contain high levels of sediment which would ultimately seep into the river.

The board’s permission conditions sought to ensure no silt or sedimentation will enter the watercourses from the windfarm, he said.

If that was achieved, it would address the concerns of a scientific expert for the two groups.

Source:  Ann O’Loughlin | Irish Examiner | November 21, 2015 | www.irishexaminer.com

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

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)

Share:

e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share


News Watch Home

Get the Facts
CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.

 Follow:

Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky