The Danish government plans to clear forests and destroy unique
nature for the benefit of industry.
The Danish environment minister Troels Lund Poulsen decided, on
behalf of the government, on 30th September 2009, that the
clearing of 15 km2 of forest in the north west of Denmark will take
A test centre for the development of offshore windmills is
planned to take up 30 km2 of land in the Thy region, near Østerild.
This deforestation will create an increase of 400,000 tonnes of
CO2 emission, the equivalent of the CO2 emission of 100,000 people
The government will force the local population out of their homes.
The reasoning behind this is said to be for the benefit of the
Danish windmill industry, which will in turn create more Danish jobs.
The regulations to finalise the evictions goes against Denmark's
constitution and is therefore clearly illegal.
In current plans, the area is categorised as a recreational area,
where the set up of windmills is prohibited.
The region is one of Denmark's most beautiful areas.
With its rugged landscapes and grand views, as well as many rare
species of animals, birds and plants, the area is representative
of authentic Danish nature. There are very few areas of Denmark left,
where one can experience darkness at night and complete silence.
The windmills, which are 250 meters tall, are planned to be
along a 6 km linear south/north stretch.
This will prevent birds in the international Ramsar-area,
Vejlerne, which is situated to the east of the test centre, from flying west to the EU-habitat area Vullum Sø and to Thy National Park just south of Hanstholm.
The Danish government has not consulted properly about the plans.
The Danish citizens had little time to put forward comments of the
The hearing has only been 11 days long, with 9 of those being a
The environment minister has decided that a report on this projects
impact on nature and the wildlife will be completed by early December
The consequence of this is that it is impossible to produce a well
documented scientific report, to act as the foundation for a political
The local population has formed an association, "Landforeningen for
Bedre Miljø" (The Association for an Improved Environment) with the
aim to inform about the environmental consequences for both the society
and nature, if plans for the national test centre are followed through.
So far, "Landsforeningen for Bedre Miljø" has tried, in vain, to
persuade the Danish government to produce a more thorough investigation
of the project's impacts on the surroundings.
The association is discontented with the planning process so far,
because they have neglected ordinary, well-known, democratic
principles, which Denmark otherwise uses every opportunity to talk
about across the world.
If you, as an environmentally aware citizen of the world, thinks that
questions ought to be asked concerning this unjust conduct towards our
future generations inheritance of the nature, please spread the
word about this planned national test centre.