In an press release issued yesterday, Wednesday 1 July, Sustainable Shetland said it had collected 3605 authenticated signatures.
Despite checking, it seems that some duplicate signatures may still be present, although it is not expected to make a significant difference to the final tally. Sustainable Shetland wishes to apologise for this error, and will recheck the petition signatures and numbers.
Speaking on behalf of the Sustainable Shetland Committee, vice chair Kevin Learmonth said “We made a mistake and missed some duplicate signatures, and we have to put our hand up and say we are sorry. We are already beginning the process to recheck the petition sheets for duplicate entries.”
Mr Learmonth ended by saying that:
“A new total number of signatures will be released once all the petition sheets have been re-checked from scratch”.
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Sustainable Shetland is a campaign group formed in March 2008 in response to a proposal for a large scale wind farm in Shetland. We believe these large industrial projects are damaging to our environment. We believe that the Viking Energy wind farm endangers Shetland Community Funds, project costs are underestimated and project income grossly over stated.
We believe that the Viking Energy proposals are everything we do not need in Shetland: they are financially risky and potentially damaging to the Shetland environment.
We want to see sustainable renewable energy projects in Shetland which are fit for scale and fit for purpose, and provide real community benefit.
We are not an "anti windfarm" campaign. However we are strongly opposed to the Viking wind farm proposal. Other projects will be considered on their own merits.