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Blackstone vulture bottom wind project fails to comply with regulations according to Enkarterri Bizirik Elkartea

Wind farm wind turbines in Argalario

Mairenis Gomez

May 17, 2024 | 3:26 p.m.

An exhaustive analysis of the current regulations carried out by the Enkarterri Bizirik Elkartea collective has revealed that the plan of the company Euskal Haizie, a subsidiary of Fisterra Energy, belonging to the vulture fund Blackstone Group, fails to comply with various legal aspects regarding urban planning, the environment and protection of the cultural heritage. The group has indicated that the proposal for the implementation of the wind farm in Sopuerta and in the rest of the affected municipalities contravenes multiple current regulations..

Non-compliance with urban planning regulations and environmental protection of the Euskal Haizie wind project

According to Enkarterri Bizirik Elkartea, the Euskal Haizie project contradicts subsidiary municipal planning regulations by lacking special planning for its installation on non-developable land. Current urban planning regulations require specific planning for this type of infrastructure, which the project does not comply with.. This represents a clear breach of local regulations, creating a solid basis to question its viability.

In terms of environmental protection, the entity highlights that the project does not comply with the conditions required by the Electricity Sector Law. The project affects eight Areas of Special Landscape Interest (AEIP), thus failing to meet the objectives of landscape quality and the determinations of the Partial Territorial Plan of the area. Furthermore, a large part of the infrastructure is located in public forests and lacks the mandatory binding report from the Forestry Administration, which represents a serious irregularity.

The project also contravenes the Joint Necrophagous Bird Management Plan and could seriously jeopardize the conservation status of the Egyptian vulture, a protected species. The installation of wind turbines increases the risk of collision and electrocution for these birds, which goes against conservation efforts.

Impact on cultural heritage and tourist and recreational resources in the area

Regarding the impact of the Artzentales-Sopuerta wind farm, the group highlights that the project affects 50 archaeological sites, 53 architectural elements and 12 existing Assets of Cultural Interest (BIC), some of which are categorized as Monumental Complex. The cultural heritage law prohibits the installation of elements that cause visual or acoustic contamination of cultural assets, clear non-compliance with the project..

The installation of the wind farm would also seriously affect the tourist and recreational resources of the area, contradicting the guidelines of the Enkarterri 2030 Regional Strategic Plan. This plan prioritizes the protection and promotion of the cultural and natural heritage of the region, objectives that would be compromised by the execution of the project..

For Enkarterri Bizirik Elkartea, the Fisterra Energy project is presented as an unviable initiative that fails to comply with current regulations in various aspects and is plagued by serious irregularities that call its viability into question. The entity urges the competent authorities to seriously reconsider its approval, prioritizing the protection of the environment, cultural heritage and the well-being of local communities..

In conclusion, the proposed Euskal Haizie wind farm faces serious legal and environmental objections that question its viability and justification. The authorities must take these non-compliances into account and act in favor of the preservation of the environment and cultural heritage of Enkarterri..

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