The sandbanks are a habitat for marine life and a feeding ground for birds and contribute to the natural supply of replacement sand for beaches and sand dunes.
The process of consenting to wind energy development on the foreshore to date, including Arklow Bank, has been developer-led and not plan-led. This approach is not in the public interest and may lead to sacrificing the existing Arklow Bank habitat, beaches, and sand dunes to the interests of a short-term gain.
The existing 7 turbines have already had an impact on the Arklow Bank.
Shortly after construction in 2004 it was found that the tides scoured the sand from the base of the turbines, and this had to be repaired. In addition, in 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted a dumping at sea permit to remove 99,999 tonnes of sand from the vicinity of the turbines.
Imagine what damage 76 of these turbines would do.
Windfarms located so close to the shore, as proposed on the Arklow Bank and Codling Bank, are not environmentally acceptable and the certain damage to the coastline and the eco systems will not be forgiven by the Irish people in generations to come.