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I was driving along the Kames last week and wondering for the hundredth and more time how ‘on earth’ can such huge wind turbines be placed on bedrock that is cut through with fault lines. 

I have been puzzling for some time now as to how the depth of drilling, and weight of concrete, required to erect the turbines will affect the bedrock.

I have looked at the fault lines on my geology map. The Walls and Nesting are the most well known, however there are many transverse faults crossing the area. These fault lines in the rock are believed to be the Northern part of the Great Glen Fault running through Scotland.

Once again looking online it appears that the Great Glen Fault is considered to still be potentially active. I have been researching and have found some articles online regarding problems abroad where wind farms have been put up close to/along fault lines.

I have not read anywhere of Viking Energy’s research into the underlying geology. I feel sure that there must be a report that looks into the geology (deeper than the peat slip problem).

I would be very interested to hear what others more knowledgeable think about the fact that many of the turbines are practically on fault lines.

Bunchy Casey
Brae

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