|Proposed Wind Farms 2009|
|The wind farm threat has become a bit clearer with the undated document (1) that is an environmental strategy for 20-25 parques eólicos in Cantabria, each with 20 generators. The maps in the document show that possible areas include the ridge from east of Fuente las Varas through to Alisas, along with the El Naso ridge and hillsides above Fuente Aguanaz and Torca La Vaca. The Matienzo area is labelled B7.1, B7.2 and B8. The document can be viewed here.
It wouldn't be an over-estimate to say that hundreds of cave sites are potentially at risk from building the generators and the associated access roads and power lines. First thoughts are that the Matienzo depression could be half surrounded but the area is relatively small compared to the rest of B so might be easier to oppose. There hasn't, apparently, been a visual impact assessment and this should include a landscape / view quality assessment which would hopefully be in the area's favour, as the Matienzo karst depression is unique, the largest in Spain.
The sooner we get more detailed maps with the placement of the generators, roads and other groundworks, the sooner we can
1: make an estimate of archaeological and other sites potentially at risk.
2: bring these findings to people who may not have realised the extent of the potential risks
3: start talking / writing to people who might make a difference!
1: Environmental strategy for 20-25 parques eólicos in Cantabria
|Wind Farms Links 2021
Links to sections and pages about the wind farms and threats / risks. At 21/3/2021 there are possibly 4 wind farms with a total of 48 generators that pose threats to the caves within the Matienzo Caves Project's current and previous permit areas - Garma Blanca (13); La Rasa (9+7?); Mullir (15) and Las Quebraduras (4). There are also, of course, 40m high pylons and cables along with tens of kilometres of access roads which also threaten the area.
This section will be updated when more information emerges.
|Overview pages||Taken from ARCA pages 21/3/2021||• Original zip file (277Mb) containing pdfs and jpgs of planned works (except Las Quebraduras)|
|• Hi-res jpgs: Positions; Natural Spaces; Protected areas; Visibility; Noise|
|Carolina Smith research 26/2/2021||• MCP web site page|
|Individual wind farms that threaten caves||Las Quebraduras||• MCP web site page|
|Garma Blanca||(below) : See Hi-res jpgs above : (separate page to come)|
|La Rasa||See Hi-res jpgs above : (separate page to come)|
|Mullir||See Hi-res jpgs above : (separate page to come)|
|Proposed Wind Farm - Garma Blanca
Some 11 years after "Proposed Wind Farms" was written, a more substantial plan has been released by Green Capital Power for a wind farm out to the west of Alisas. This project encroaches on ground previously and currently worked (with the Pistruellos group) by the Matienzo Caves Project. (There is also a threat from the Quebraduras wind farm.)
More than 740Mb of public documentation goes into great detail about the project: vehicle sizes; route from the motorway; access road specifications (including curve radius); volumes of ground to be excavated and filled; drainage; quantities of concrete; generator and substation positions; pylon and cables to the Solórzano substation, etc., etc.