WRSA APPEALS THE EASTERN CAPE WINDFARM ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISASTION

Published On: 21 Jul 2022By Categories: Latest News, Current Affairs

WRSA, as an organisation concerned with environmental health and its importance to biodiversity, is in no way opposed to progressive steps to develop green energy generation including wind farms. We do, however, have a serious concern where the placement of the proposed development will have a negative impact on the future operations and livelihood of member’s ranches in the vicinity of the development.

WRSA has submitted a statutory appeal against the decision of the Department in awarding environmental authorisations for the specific windfarm near Makhanda in the Eastern Cape. We are of the view that the matter is of great concern to game ranchers in the area but also all other game ranchers might potentially in the future be affected by these types of developments. We have focussed our appeal on the procedural defects in the public participation and preparation of the environmental application.

The appeal is putting forth several arguments against the EA, among them:

  • The impact of the project on the environmental legacy of the area was not properly considered.
  • The impact of the project on animals within the area was not properly considered, including the impact of turbine noise on the health of the animals
  • The impact of the project on the nature tourism, hunting and ranching industry was not properly considered, and the visual impact assessments (VIAs) are insufficient.

WRSA has also supported a more substantive and scientific approach employed by the Indalo Private Game Reserve Association who are also now submitting their own appeal against the decision. Copies of the WRSA procedural assault here.

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