Green Fail: windfarms contaminate the water supply?

"Epic fail"

What could go wrong?

I don’t see what the problem is; since Human activity causes global warming, shouldn’t this be condign punishment for our sins against Gaea?

Campaigners in Scotland are calling for a full, independent investigation into allegations that wind farms are contaminating water supplies across large areas of Scotland.

They have written to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Energy Secretary Amber Rudd calling for an immediate halt on all wind farm development north of the border until the government can guarantee safe drinking water for everyone.

The problem first came to light when residents living near Europe’s largest wind farm, the 215 turbine Whitelee farm in Ayrshire, began to suffer from diarrhoea and severe vomiting. Tipped off by an NHS report which mentioned that difficulties in treating the water supply may pose health risks, local resident Dr Rachel Connor, a retired clinical radiologist, started digging into the council’s water testing results.

She found that, between May 2010 and April 2013, high readings of E.coli and other coliform bacteria had been recorded. In addition, readings of the chemical trihalomethane (THM), linked to various cancers, still births and miscarriages, were way beyond safe limits.

Scottish Power, who run the wind farm, denied causing the pollution but admitted that they hadn’t warned residents that their water supplies may be contaminated.

In other words, “we couldn’t have caused this problem, but maybe we should have warned you.” Right. So we’ve gone from wind farms chopping up birds to poisoning the water supply. They’re not economically viable without public subsidy, they never meet their promised power generation or reliability, but, hey, they do give you diarrhea. And maybe kill your unborn child. All to fight catastrophic man-caused global warming, a problem that does not exist.

What on Earth are you complaining about?

Now, of course, nothing is proven yet, but I’ll wager dollars to donuts there’s more to this than the hysteria over fracking and earthquakes.

UPDATE: Welcome Instapundit readers! Thanks, Glenn!

11 Responses to Green Fail: windfarms contaminate the water supply?

  1. […] Windfarms Contaminate The Water Supply? “Right. So we’ve gone from wind farms chopping up birds to poisoning the water supply. […]

  2. Ptab01 says:

    Meanwhile back at the homestead… Nuclear energy still stands simultaneously as Super Clean Efficient Fuel source & public enemy numeral Uno ! The watermelon movement ( Green on the Outside Red on the Inside ) all so incredibly hysterical I can’t take them with any degree of seriousness any more

  3. Old Doctor Weasel says:

    The connection between fracking and earthquakes is real but indirect. Fracking, by itself, simply cannot cause earthquakes. However, dirty water from fracking goes into deep waste-water injection wells. If those are sited near a fault, they can put pressure on the fault and cause very small tremors. Better well siting will solve the problem. Fracking should of course continue.

    • richard40 says:

      Even in the case you cite, fracking is not causing the earthquake, it is just triggering an earthquake that would have come eventually anyway. And triggering small quakes, that do little damage, may be good, rather than allowing the stress in the fault to build up to a larger damaging quake that will inevitably come eventually. Earthquakes are causes by the buildup of geological stresses on a fault, that is the cause of all earthquakes. Whenever the green types talk about fracking causing earthquakes, they are lying.

  4. A. C. says:

    According to this site,
    http://www.water-research.net/index.php/trihalomethanes-disinfection
    THM can occur when chlorine – a very common disinfectant in drinking water reacts with naturally occurring organic and inorganic compounds. So a very possible scenario could be: when somebody’s septic system leaked and percolated into the ground water supply, and the council had to boost the chlorine level in response to the e. coli, and the elevated levels of chlorine could have reacted with the naturally occurring compounds always there to create THM. That hypothetical case has nothing to do with the windmills. Please document the linkage between THM and windmills in a more detailed and plausible manner. The above link took me about three minutes to find, by the way.

    There are plenty of other reasons to stop supporting power windmills. And the government certainly needs to. Don’t discredit yourself with a wild goose chase.

  5. Don’t keep me in suspense. How do the wind turbines do it?

    I think wind turbines are stupid and oversold, but really, a water supply is contaminated NEAR a wind farm, so … ?

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