The major concerns relate to the effects their swinging blades will have on the fisheries, the environment and access.
The Environment Court’s interim decision notes that Crest Energy said, “it would avoid any potential adverse effects as being of low, almost negligible probability, but some with possibly high impact, for instance on the rare and endangered Maui dolphin”.
West coasters have been through years of debate about harbour closures to protect these vulnerable dolphins.
It seems incredible now, after banning commercial fishing in this area, that the authorities will condone the installation of these turbines with unknown consequences.
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