Comment posted Now see for yourself: For Argyll challenges anyone to say SPR plans for Argyll Array at Tiree are acceptable by Karl Hughes.
You might as well be aware of the following too. I add these points because it reads like the “Pelican Brief”
SPR say the extension of Environmental studies has caused a years delay…this poses a monsterous question in relation to the environment V offshore wind on at least the west coast.
The more the input SPR put into environmental surveys, to unravel the complex ecological issues, the more the ecological issues come to the fore.
SPR wish rightly wish to understand what is in the area so they can mitigate impact…mitigation does not mean removal of impact, it means to reduce impact to “as low as is reasonably possible”…
The “low” bar in the case of the Tiree is obviously going to be quite high…but at what point is too high a reason to cancel the project ?
This bar is set in this case by the government of Scotland and/or ultimately the EU.
It is more that obvious that given the already extensive surveys carried out by the likes of the JNCC over 10 or so years in the proximate area of Tiree, that having SPA/MPA or SSSI status is not enough to stop a development. If it was then SPR would not be here.
One has to cast ones mind back to SPR’s comments at the original community consultation meeting…it was stated to the community by SPR that “…only the discovery of an exceptionally rare species would or could stop the project” .(or words to that effect).
Do we now then obviously assume that in the case of the Argyll aka Tiree Array, the bar was already set way back when, by the Scottish Government (?), and in the case of this project that the bar was set so low that the environment comes in second place to the development.
Only time will tell … but, there is definately a “smoking gun” issue in regards to why full SPA status has been so slow to arrive … until it does, another species following on from the Great Northern Diver debacle has now excuse the pun “raised it’s head” and again SNH have not (to my knowledge) raised the issue with either the developer or Marine Scotland… they have again missed, or delibrately neglected to add a species. as they did with the Great Northern diver…and as Historic Scotland did with the Skerryvore Lighthouse (they did not mention it was within the array area)
In the sublittoral zones (Skerryvore is a perfect example) of Tiree and also the south coast of Col, “the relatively exposed nature of the area restricted sedimentary habitats to coarser sands and gravels, in which the large cerianthid anemone Arachnanthus sarsi has been recorded for the first time in Britain”.
It never ceases to amaze me what information is out there if you keep looking and pushing…and SPR have an awfull lot of looking to complete…and SNH or the Scottish government have an awfull lot of explaining to do… as to why these issues are never mentioned!
And now another nail in the coffin that coincides with both the delay and the recent images.
The latest report by the JNCC (joint nature conservation committee) into MPA status… now shows Skerryvore is at the epicenter of basking shark activity on the west coast of Scotland ! So, in the summer months we have these incredible creatures at Skeeryvore in internationally important numbers…and in the winter months we have 49% of the UK’s population of Great Northern Divers ( an internationally protected species) Both the same area as the proposed Argyll Array.
Scottish Power Renewables will struggle to find mitigation methods to protect these species during both the construction phase and the operational phase. Of great worry to both species is “harassment, intentional or otherwise”…these items have and are already delaying the project…could these environmental issues finally put this project rightly, to rest ?
Karl Hughes also commented
I read somwhere that on average wind velocity drops at night…but do’t quote me…
En route home…catch you soon. Karl
- I am not sure Robert…but it would have to be a pretty huge battery…worth looking into simply to be amazed !
When I say battery…I am refering to pump storage.
- Will more Glens have to be flooded to provide a “battery” facility for wind…or is the possibility of an export cable to Norway part of this plan ?
If this does become the case…then the environmental footprint of wind is a true can of worms that needs further review…we will have folks all over Scotland and maybe Norway too… becoming NIMBY by proxy.
Rather than in my case NIMBY by necessity.
- Hi I am just going on the JNCC/and Dipper 1981 documents. I would presume the higher oxygenation is due to the swell breaking over so many skerries in the Skerryvore area, the large tidal races, the near continual pounding of an Atlantic swell on shallow water…
“Are you saying the waters of Tiree are SUPER SATURATED with oxygen” No…you have said that…I did not say that please read my post again !
Also note the other contributing factors for good conditions, seabed, cover…kelp etc. It takes, I presume many contributing factors to make a sustainable and varied ecosystem…one of these being above average (whatever average is) O2 levels.
- SPR’s EIA is ongoing…seems that SPR are trying to fill in any percieved gaps…lets remember JNCC etc are out there to find out what should or needs to be protected…SPR are out there to look at mitigation…or to look and see if mitigation is possible !
And yes if this project goes ahead…the damage will happen, at seabed/beneath the waves and on the surface…SPR are only now realising how much damage will occur.
Ultimately how much environmental damage are the Scottish Government willing to allow for 6.5 billion GBP ?…and does SPR really want want to end up having world wide headlines saying it is going ahead with damaging areas already noted to be in need of full protection…It will do nothing for offshore wind renewables, or the green credentials this multi national uses to support it’s projects. The Scottish government also have to realise that this development is a step to far.
Recent comments by Karl Hughes
- School closures: Russell commits to centrality of educational benefit – without clarifying the current meaning of the term
Tiree has had a baby boom over the last 5 years…seems the intake in pre-5 is on the up…don’t have exact figures…but certainly the school is sustainable
- DVLA: one example of what demerging means
This is an article on re- processing…not generation ! FYI the Argyll Array estimated cost is 7.6 billion….thats before a milli amp is generated.
And there is Gas plus Englands own wind industrialisation…drive
The fact remains why would the rUK buy from Scotland when they can get it cheaper from across the Channel or their home market….we don’t even have the grid to export…who will pay for that…England, naw…dont think so.
- DVLA: one example of what demerging means
Scotland gets indy from the rest of the United Kingdom….and then outsources governance services across the border or to the EU….we pay more. DVLA and Currency just small ( LMAO ) examples….lets face it we are joined at the hip…the nationalist dream is built on insecurity and greed for the black stuff….what a burach…
When the oil goes…for whatever reason…Salmond thinks we can export electricity to the UK and EU from our swaths of turbines….why would anyone pay for this when they have secure energy in nuke.
The SNP are digging a large black hole that will be populated by quangos and empty promises, and capped by handouts and begging letters….LMAO
- First Minister’s call for ‘grown up politics’ countered by order – from the top
MR RUSSEL ,
Seems to me that the you have not made any point at all…simply squirmed your way into the political vacous speel that you and your ilk always revert to…Simply correct anything you see as subjective….Politics and politicians … your self included seem to have forgot you work for us…the folks who pay your wages…so earn your coffers and put some meat on the NEWSIE post……
- Helicopter unable to transfer patient from Oban Hospital on Thursday evening
And lets thank all junior doctors in Oban and further afield for working long hours for a pittance of reward…the helicopter crews for acting with continuing professionalism…and Tesco’s for their wonderfull prime pork sausages…..
Suggest MM reads the following before he blows a gasket.
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