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Monday, 18 September 2017

Turbine Planning Application at Weaver's Mill Avoncliff

A bit of a surprise....

A planning application for a Kaplan style turbine at Weaver's Mill has been lodged with Wiltshire Council.

The documentation is available on the Wiltshire Council web presence at this link.

I'm mildly amused that Trout Cottage is listed as a neighbor when it's (afaik) - part of the property making the planning application.....  - guess - which property is not listed as a neighbor or consultee - eh?

The supporting drawings in *my opinion* are absolutely pants - and there is no excuse these days for submitting something hand drawn? and (really badly) scanned - unless one is actually trying to blur the issue.

Quite a lot of redundant verbiage in the application and a raft of relevant things simply not addressed.


Friday, 5 May 2017

The Poor Little Fishes - Science and Environmentalism

Unless you've been living in a cave - you will have heard about microbead plastics polluting the environment.

The research that resulted in a huge PR campaign by environmental groups citing emotional articles about baby fish treating plastic beads like McDonalds fast food and  flurry of bans from governments keen to polish their eco credentials   - well that "research" has hit a road bump (a while ago).

That paper has been flagged by the Swedish agency tasked with policing scientific research as very problematic indeed - and the only copy of the data used to produce the claimed results has very conveniently disappeared with a single "stolen" laptop.

The study concerned a single freshwater fish species that some angling readers might be familiar with - Perch. As far as I can see - without exception all the coverage about the consequences of the research have cited the effect on the oceans - which is rather a big leap.

Rather a large group of researchers (most having far more relevant experience and track record than the authors of the disputed study) have called out the study as having faked the data - that data now having disappeared....

See more at this link 

The conclusions that Lönnstedt and Eklöv claimed are very convenient indeed for many in the eco-charity business.  It is now several months since the academic body charged with maintaining standards recommended that the paper be retracted.

I'll bet you have not seen any hint at all - as in nothing - about this matter when "plastic pollution" has been the subject of articles in the media. The paper / "research" is still widely cited when one looks at Google - yet not a single citation that I can find at the moment has a caveat on the matter or suggests that there is any problem with the "research".

A lie goes around the world while the truth is struggling to get its socks on.


Thursday, 9 February 2017

“Walking by a River one Day, I met the EA”

“Walking by a River one Day, I met the EA” 

by Brendan Barrow

The book is like War and Peace but without the peace.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

The Dog Ate My Homework

The antics of the bureaucrats at the USA's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have hit the news  -  a whistleblower (recently retired senior scientist) has detailed the tortured process whereby a politically desirable "research" outcome was contrived and then the evidence of how it was done was destroyed before anybody could re-do / validate the arithmetic used....

The red line....

I won't repeat the relevant points made in Anthony Watts' piece - David Rose in the UK's Mail on Sunday has a piece on the matter too.

I would though challenge the concept that this is NOAA data - it isn't actual "data" - as in actual measurement - it is an example of prejudiced and dishonest manipulation of readings designed to produce a "politically useful result" - and the dog ate the computer ...  sheesh...

The obliging bureaucrats at NOAA have busied themselves churning a whole series of AGW confirmation pieces aimed at supporting the last administration's policies - some well founded but misrepresented - others completely fraudulent and contrived. All served to prop up policy initiatives which for the most part had bugger-all to do with saving the planet and a lot to do with ideological goals.

Here at Avoncliff North Mill we are inured to the antics of bureaucrats seeking to justify their wonkily contrived assertions in the service of their arbitrary self serving decisions - and I like to think we can spot BS quite accurately - not that much skill is required in this case - the sods just made it up.

There's one thing about congenital liars - they can't stop themselves.... There will be more embarrassing stuff leaking out related to fiddling the evidence for Climate Change and Global Warming. It's pretty clear that the folk involved should actually be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.  A random commenter gives us - "Karl et al reached the required conclusions by the wrong methods"

Further reading at Dr Judith Curry's ( School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology.) blog - HERE .   Quite a lot of sparks and smoke and mirrors and things....  in the comments.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

160 Ton Wind Turbine Collapses

The collapsed £2million Spanish Gamesa turbine was at Kilgallioch wind farm in Ayrshire which is operated by Scottish Power Renewables who failed to alert the public to the incident for SEVEN DAYS. By some accounts the natives are unimpressed .

Apparently the G114-2.5 MW turbine on a  328-foot tower “creased” at the access door at ground level.- debris was spread over half a kilometre.

Scottish Power refused to answer specific questions on the incident or provide a photograph of the debris.

"The £300million Kilgallioch development has 96 mills and will generate 239 mega watts to power up to 130,000 homes when fully onstream later this year."

Hang on.... here we go again ...  powering  "up to" "xxxxxx homes" and slyly avoiding any suggestion that the windfarm doesn't produce power when there's no wind - that wind being adequate to turn the turbines a mere 26% of the time.   - imagine if your light switches had a similar performance?

To add insult to injury in the weasel wording and evasiveness extends to torturing the measurement numbers for the quantity of electricity generated - which is measured in mega Watt hours (MWh) - NOT mega watts...  The distance to London is not 70 mph.

In all  - embarrassing and - a fairly full on deployment of complete BS about the efficacy of windmills.

It looks as if about one turbine a year in Scotland suffers a catastrophic structural failure. Not a reassuring figure compared to say erm... bridges?

Update ....

oops! - there goes another one - BBC story    - maybe the folk in 'Norn Iron  have a slightly different view (something to do withe wood chips mebbe?) from the big offices on the mainland where they copy n paste press releases from renewables lobby groups?  Time to send in the ideological rectitude Inquisition.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The US-EPA is getting a makeover...

Finally the EPA is being dealt with.

There are likely many that would view the restructuring and re-purposing of The Environmental Protection Agency as some act of vandalism by a new US administration, We have seen decades of increasing politicisation , corruption and legislative over-reach which have little if anything to do with "protecting the environment".

I don't particularly care to copy 'n paste other people's stuff so - two links to articles at Watts Up With That (WUWT)

The Beginning of the End of EPA


Why the constitution gives Trump the power to tell @EPA what to do

There are considerable parallels between the antics of the EPA and the UK's EA - many of the accusations of misbehavior levelled against the EPA have been similarly leveled at the EA...

Looks like the EPA might be cut from 15,000 staff to 5000.

Press briefing on the new US administration's aims:

See the BBC's Roger Harrabin writhing about 58:45 into the video

Interesting and quite wide ranging briefing. An antidote to most of the media coverage - if you want to actually know your enemy or want to find out what the Trump administration is likely to do.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Woeful Windmills

The UK's windmills are at it again ... 

Less than 1.3% of supply is now being produced and coal + gas turbines are pegged in the red.


and a day later

pretty much the same

however in - Germany last year....
How did they mange that? 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Not Much of a Surprise.

It would appear that the Environment Agency have extended the licence for Weaver's Mill out to 2019.

On the last working day before Christmas break - they waved through the application to extend - even though there is no viable scheme for Weaver's Mill. The owners of North Mill have not been advised of the decision - a predictable gesture from officials whose bias and bad faith have polluted the last 6 years at Avoncliff.

I originally claimed that the EA didn't send out advisory emails to participants in the statutory consultation. 
This was not true.

The email for some reason got classified as spam by my service provider .... apologies to anybody at the EA who might have been incensed by a false accusation ....

The decision document can be read HERE

Why put a condition on a license  - and when that condition is clearly broken it's waved away with an unspecified explanation and some coaching of the applicant...

Perhaps a few people might take a few minutes to read this piece on the state of hydro power on our rivers and streams - by somebody with 30+ years of experience in the matter. Not much has changed at the EA in the 20-ish years elapsed since Mr. Goring submitted his memo....

The ROI from here might just make Weaver's Mill think twice about a scheme...

50 years to break even at that rate?
(assuming zero maintenance)

FYI at the moment  HSBC will generously give you about half that ROI
- on the same investment
- so maybe it's a bargain

Osman Goring on Small Hydropower

Published in 2015