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Windfarm CUTS – No proper Environmental Impact Assessment ?

baskScottish Power Renewables (SPR) have scaled back a planned £7bn windfarm off the Inner Hebrides after it was pointed out that it is a breeding ground for the world’s second-biggest fish.

So why wasn’t a proper Environmental Assessment performed before ?

The 300-turbine project at Skerryvore Reef off the coast of Tiree will be cut by a third and campaigners are still pushing for the project to be scrapped entirely, saying the 30-square mile site should continue to be a haven for the sharks

Robert Trythall, spokesman for the No Tiree Array (NTA) group, said: “One third down, two thirds to go. We can see the finishing line now and we’re more determined than ever to get this thing sunk.”

The NTA hope that the findings of other surveys, due to be published next year, will prove their own claims the off-shore energy site would have an irreversible and destructive impact on the coastline.

A Scottish Power Renewables spokesman said: “In order to minimise potential impacts on birds, including the great northern diver, we are considering a revision to the design of the windfarm to exclude either part or all of the Skerryvore Reef area, including the overall size of the windfarm.

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