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U.K. — Wind turbine may ‘taint’ historic waters near Wells Cathedral

This is Somerset.co — January 22, 2013

Three different proposals for giant wind turbines are blowing up a storm in Somerset – with fears one may threaten the historic spring that bubbles up in one of the county’s best-loved gardens.

The spring, known as St Andrew’s Well, is fed from underground channels on the Mendip Hills which travel close to Wells Cathedral. Every day, four million gallons of water flows through the channels, surfacing near the small city’s Bishop’s Palace.

But geologist Robin Evans says the supply could be compromised by proposals to build two huge wind turbines not far from Wells.

One is proposed in an old quarry at the village of Maesbury and the other at Victoria Farm near Pen Hill. Worried locals have formed Action Against Turbines on the Mendip Hills to fight the plans being considered.

Mr Evans, who works for consultants Ambellia, said: “if the base of a turbine is too deep it would affect the water table. That, in turn, could compromise the water flow.”

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