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Wind Farms: Little People vs Corporate Power in the Central North Island

Imagine …  a transformation from the stunning, pristine view above … to this!

Copy of ruapehu plus turbines

How corporate, big business loves to impose their footprint, all with an eye to profits and usually without true consultation or consent from the people their decisions will affect.

If you’re not up to speed with wind farms and how they work take a look at the events that have gone down with this particular proposed wind farm in the central Hihitahi Plateau, North Island, NZ. Follow the links also to the website that is the voice of those who are trying to oppose this violation of the environment. The site features articles and details of their struggle. There are many question marks over the cost efficiency and safety to human health of wind farms.

PROJECT CENTRAL WIND

Introduction & Timeline of Events:

Meridian Energy Limited (MEL) a state owned enterprise, sought and obtained consents for two wind monitoring masts on the Hihitahi Plateau in 2006 in preparation for a proposed wind farm in the area.  MEL subsequently sought resource consent in 2008 for Project Central Wind (PCW) – a 47 square kilometre site located east of SH1 between Waiouru and Taihape and just north of Moawhango. The site covered six farm properties and sits within three local government jurisdictions – Rangitikei District, Ruapehu District, and Manawatu-Wanganui (Horizons) Region. Consent was sought for the construction of 52 x 135m  turbines and ancilliary works.  Consent with some conditions was granted 11 February 2009…. Read more:  https://envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com/project-central-wind/ 

~ EnvirowatchRangitikei ~

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Fracking awareness raised in Whanganui meeting … “The drilling companies just seem to be able to do pretty much as they wish…”

Back in Sept/Oct 2014 our local newspaper mentioned a proposed report on fracking here in the Rangitikei, in the event consents were sought in the future. You can read that article HERE

The Green Party recently organized a meeting in Whanganui on the same issue, presenting the facts on what can be expected with fracking.

“….permission was being sought to drill up to eight wells 600 metres from Norfolk School in Inglewood.

There were also wells near Ngaere and Tikorangi schools, and well and flare pits could be within 200m to 300m of houses…”

We in the Rangitikei also need to be keeping an eye on this one. Bring yourself up to speed on fracking at the Fracking page here and follow the links to other sources.

There is a Frack Free Whanganui page HERE: https://www.facebook.com/FrackFreeWhanganui

And Manawatu Whanganui page HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1714960352062798/

Read the Wanganui Chronicle article HERE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=11318813