Leinster Express — July 3, 2014
Senator John Whelan has slammed “the scandal” of the delay in wind turbine guidelines, claiming it is a tactic to ensure planning permissions are approved before the guidelines come into force.
“Only this week, An Bord Pleanála overturned the decision of Offaly County Council and Laois County Council to grant planning permission for gigantic and monstrous industrial wind farms in Rhode, County Offaly and Cullenagh Mountain in Ballyroan, County Laois,” he said.
“What is the point in a planning process when the decision of the inspector of An Bord Pleanála recommending refusal of permission can be overturned by the board of An Bord Pleanála?”
He went on to decry the “further fraud” being perpetrated on the Irish taxpayer in terms of the energy regulator moving to increase the subsidy to wind farm developers by 50%.
“This is not cheap or free energy; it is the most expensive energy.” Continue reading here….