Demonstrators Continue the fight against wind turbines on Frøya
Trønderergi will commence the wind power development on Monday. However, several protesters have met up in an attempt to stop the construction of the wind turbines on Frøya.
Project Manager Ragnhild Remmen Bull and Thomas Helles from Trønderenergi were present to put speed limit signs up at the construction area on Monday. Additionally, fences will be placed around the construction area, writes Adresseavisen.
About ten protesters from the action group “No to wind power on Frøya” have also turned up, in an attempt to stop the construction work.
“We don’t want fences in the area. We do not need them, and we do not intend to release them so easily. Everything is not yet clarified. Our lawyers are still working on the case,” the leader of the group, Eskil Sandvik, tells the newspaper.
The Police attempts to mediate
Monday morning, the police appeared on the construction site in an attempt to spark a dialogue between Trønderergi and the demonstrators.
A number of protesters have also gathered outside Scandic Lerkendal in Trondheim, in connection with the General Assembly of Trønderenergi, writes NRK. Representatives from the Norwegian Tourist Association (DNT) and the Norwegian Society for Nature Conservation were among those who protested outside the hotel.
NVE issued a plan for wind power on land for consultation at the end of March. The plan defines 13 areas as suitable for wind power, affecting a total of 98 municipalities. There has been strong opposition to the plans for the construction of larger wind power plants on Frøya, Sørmarkfjellet and Stokkfjellet.
Frøya municipality originally granted Trønderergi dispensation for the wind power development in March 2016. The disposition was valid for three years and required start-up by April 7th this year. On April 1st, protesters, however, managed to halt work on the construction.
In April, the municipal council of Frøya approved a halt in the planned development on the Island municipality. the municipal council subsequently decided that Trønderenergi’s dispensation for the construction of 14 wind turbines was no longer valid. On Friday, the County Governor overrode the decision that Trønderergi had to stop the construction. The company can thus legally go ahead.
DNT arranged support marches for nature 22 places nationwide on Sunday. The goal is to prevent wind power development in valuable natural areas around Norway. In excess of 5,000 met up at the various demonstrations.
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