November 5, 2010
Video of bird being killed by wind turbine shown at protest meeting
Video of a bird being killed by the moving blades of a wind
turbine was shown to an audience of 100 people at a wind farm
protest meeting near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (November
Campaigners claimed the video illustrates how the 14 proposed
turbines on land for East Huntspill "could threaten wild
birds" in the Burnham area.
The video - which Burnham-On-Sea.com has embedded
on the right - came with a warning that it should not be watched
by those who are squeamish. It shows a bird being struck by a
blade before falling to the base of the turbine.
Wakefield from the West Huntspill Action Group warned: "Here
on the levels, we have an awful lot of birds that fly out towards
the Bristol Channel and migrate."
we have 14 turbines here, there will be a wall across our countryside.
Bear in mind that the birds fly at the same height as these proposed
firms EDF and Ecotricity - who want to build nine wind turbines
at West Huntspill and a further five near East Huntspill - are
adamant that the risk to wildlife is minimal.
spokesman Mike Cheshire said earlier this year that when
built in the right location, wind farms have "no negative
impact on wildlife."
video footage of a wind turbine collapsing was also shown to the
residents during the meeting.
Wakefield used a map to show the audience where the proposed wind
turbines would be situated in relation to the M5 and existing
homes. He described how the huge turbines "would tower over
meeting, held in Puriton Village Hall, attracted residents from
across the area to hear the latest developments. No planning application
has yet been submitted, but this is expected soon.
says its nine 2MW turbines would be capable of producing enough
electricity to supply the annual requirements of over 10,000 homes
and could lead to savings of at least 17,500 tonnes of carbon
dioxide every year.
Pictured above are campaigners Brian Crosby, John Wakefield
and Julie Trott with local councillors Mark Healey and Paul Herbert
at Thursday's meeting
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