On Thursday, October 8, 2020, interim relief proceedings took place at the court in Assen against the construction of the De Drentse Monden and Oostermoer wind farm in the provice of Drenthe.
De Drentse Monden and Oostermoer wind farm is an initiative of the Exloërmond Sustainable Energy Foundation, Pure Energie and Oostermoer BV. In an area of 50 km2 in the municipalities of Borger-Odoorn and Aa en Hunze in the province of Drenthe, 45 Nordex N131/3900 wind turbines will be installed. In February 2018, the initiators received the final green light from the Council of State, despite repeated objections. The wind farm reached financial close in January this year. Construction activities are in full progress.
Platform Storm and fellow activists filed a civil lawsuit as a result. They believe that the building permits violate European environmental regulations and demand the construction of the wind farm to be halted.
The parties feel supported in this by an earlier ruling by the European Court of Justice in which the construction of a wind farm in Belgium was halted because insufficient research into the noise effects had been carried out.
According to Platform Storm, this ruling can also be applied to Dutch wind farms. The applicable standards would not be adequate to protect the environment against noise and shadow nuisance, among other things. For example, the regulations for wind farms are said to have come about at a time when wind turbines were lower.
The judge will rule in a few weeks. If the court rules in favor of Platform Storm, this could also have consequences for other Dutch wind farms, Peter De Lange, Platform Storm’s lawyer, said to local media.