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Bogus objections to wind farms
1 March 1998
Bogus letters of objection against a proposed wind farm could have been a double bluff by the wind industry, claims Robert Woodward of the Country Guardian anti-wind farm lobby. He believes a number of letters to Pembrokeshire County Council objecting to National Wind Power's planned wind farm at Jordanston were intended to be discovered as false to discredit the anti-wind farm campaign in the UK. Six letters received by the council all bear similar marks and appear to originate from the same word processor, he says. "No one could believe they would come from different sources," says Woodward. "Someone in favour of the wind farm sent six identical letters that are grotesquely obvious as fakes. This is an obvious attempt to undermine the democratic process." David Lawrence from Pembrokeshire County Council confirms he received a total of six similar letters of objection -- all originating from the south east of England. But further research revealed only two as fakes so far. One of the letters turned out to be a genuine objection, while the remaining three did not respond to his request for clarification. Two local letters of objection were also found to be bogus. Lawrence refuses Country Guardian's demand that he hand the suspect letters over to the police for investigation. They are unimportant against the background of some 600 letters from all over Great Britain objecting to the wind farm, he explains. "There is no reason to doubt the other 99% of them," he says. "So in the overall scheme of things the four fake ones were insignificant. Worrying perhaps, tedious and annoying, but insignificant. They did not influence anything."
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