Residents, organizations and elected officials attribute part of the flood disaster to wind farms. Μης The mayor of Sami, Gerasimos Monias-Nettis, talks about the absence of hydraulic studies on the roads that are opened for the wind farms. . Drift from the rushing waters of the brought materials that have emerged from the works for the bases inside the settlements of the island, as happened recently. ● What does PPC answer?
For the thirteenth consecutive day, residents, organizations, collectives and the municipality are preventing the unloading of wind turbines from a cargo ship in the port of Sami Kefalonia, which are intended for the creation of another wind farm on the island.
The mobilizations started with the arrival of the specific cargo, only a few days after the catastrophic floods in areas of the Municipality of Sami and while they had been declared in a state of emergency, as the municipality, institutions and residents attribute part of the destruction to the wind farms that have been installed and incomplete. flood defenses around them. An attempt was made yesterday to unload the wind turbines, which was canceled by the residents, although strong forces of the Coast Guard had blocked access to the port.
Reacting to the mooring of the ship in Sami on 4/10, demanding its departure and preventing its unloading, people gathered at the port after a call initially from the “People’s Rally” faction in the Ionian Islands Region and the Municipality of Sami.
The mobilizations were participated in from the beginning and are still supported by the Struggle Committee, the Open Assembly of Kefalonia-Ithaca against Hydrocarbon Mining, the Labor Center, but also the Municipality of Sami, as well as municipal councilors from all municipalities.
At the same time, the municipality appealed to the prosecutor of Kefalonia to state the reasons why the unloading should not take place. In addition, the Municipality of Sami received copies of the hydraulic study and the road construction study for the new wind farm from the Department of Environment of the Regional Unit of Kefallinia and the Directorate of Forests of Kefallinia, to check by specialized scientists if they comply with the requirements and in the size of the damage caused.
The 4 wind turbines located on the ship in the port of Sami are intended for the creation of a new wind farm on the island by “PPC Renewables” in the location “Xerakias” of the community of Dilinata of the Municipality of Argostoli. Right on the opposite mountain peak, in Agia Dynati, there is another wind farm consisting of 17 wind turbines of the “Ellactor” group, which is blamed by residents and agencies for causing the floods. Residents and operators fear that the installation of the new wind farm poses an additional high flood risk, mainly for the neighboring villages of Sami Karavomylos and Poulates.
And these things happen when in the prefecture of Kefalonia – Ithaca is produced with ASPIE already twice the electricity consumed by the 2 islands and while the installation of other wind farms is planned. Although, from 2018 when the General Spatial Plan of the Ionian Islands Region was voted, the installation of new wind turbines in Kefalonia is strictly prohibited.
According to the mayor of Sami, Gerasimos Monias-Nettis, “the opposition of all institutions and residents of our municipality concerns the unloading and installation of wind turbines in the wind farm, as in this and other wind farms in our area have not taken place hydraulic studies for the roads leading to them “.
In fact, he expressed his concern about whether the environmental conditions of their installation have been fully complied with. “The consequence of the above, but also of the fact that (in the new wind farm) the bases for the installation of the new wind turbines have been constructed some time ago and which have already been corroded, is that a huge volume of sediments has accumulated on its hills and streams. our region, with all that entails “. That is, the drift from the rushing waters of these brought materials that have emerged from the works for the bases of the wind turbines in the settlements of the island, as happened recently.
Among the recently affected areas in Kefalonia were Sami, Karavomylos, Poulata, Drakopoulata, Agia Efimia, Assos and Fiskardo. However, the passage of the storm “Ianos” was not the only one that flooded some of these settlements, since they had similarly “drowned” in the recent past.
This is not the first time today that residents and organizations of the island attribute responsibilities to the installation of wind turbines, to the opening of roads for their installation and to the lack of flood protection works around the places where they are installed. This is because, as observed, the intense, multiple flooding phenomena began to be recorded immediately after the installation of the few wind farms on the island. The municipal unit of Pylarea and Agia Efimia -which are now part of the Municipality of Sami- are constantly flooded in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
In October 2011, a two-day downpour caused severe damage in Drakopoulata and Agia Efimia, which is twelve kilometers away from Sami. The residents of the two villages attributed the damage to the road built by the company to reach the trucks that transported the wind turbines to the top of Agia Dynati, without any technical works for the drainage of rainwater.