The main objections to the Todmorden Moor wind farm were as follows:-
- This is peat moorland:
A) Peat is an important "carbon store"
B) An active bog takes up large amounts of CO2
from the atmosphere, becoming a carbon sink.
- Disturbing the peat:
A) Releases CO2
B) Exposed surfaces erode - CO2 release increases
C) Re-instatement is very difficult to do well.
- Risk to water supplies: Over 50 households and farms depend on the moor for their water supplies. Residents were concerned that heavy excavation for roads and turbine bases would:-
A) Reduce the area of moorland that can absorb rain water
and feed the springs and aquifer.
B) Directly contaminate the spring water supplies
- The old mine workings underground make much of the land unstable and unsuitable for construction and very heavy vehicles.
- This is Common Land where people have had the legal right to enjoy the wild and wide-open landscape, free of the noise and mechanisation of the modern world.
- The land taken for the wind farm would drastically reduce the area available for grazing, and the land offered in exchange is dangerous.
- Since 1992 the Common has been looked after and very much improved for people and for wildlife by a local group of volunteers. A management plan would have to be abandoned.
- The moor has been designated an important geological site where it was hoped students and geology groups would visit for education and field study. The moor would cease to be a good place to do this, and the geological and fossil sites could be at risk during construction.
Calderdale Council's objection on the grounds of damage to the Upland landscape failed at Appeal and, after five years of fighting, the Planning Authorities considered that all these arguments, and many others, were not strong enough to overcome the apparently urgent need for this small amount of renewable electricity generation.
Eventually, in 2013, construction began.