Government protests against Belgian plans for coastal wind farm

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The Dutch ministry of transport is protesting against Belgian plans to build a wind farm 12 kilometres off the coast from Knokke-Heist. According to the ministry the present plan poses too great a risk to shipping, it has not been adequately researched, and it will spoil the landscape. The Dutch have asked that the project, officially approved on June 25, be built further out to sea. A Dutch government sponsored offshore pilot project is planned for a site 12 kilometres off the coast, level with the Noord Holland town of Egmond aan Zee. A spokesman for the Dutch province of Zeeland says that "while Zeeland is not opposed to wind energy as such, the disadvantages of this location are too great, this is a step too far."

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