Billionaire Donald Trump is threatening to halt construction on a $1.2 billion luxury golf course in Aberdeen, Scotland due to its close proximity to a proposed windfarm.
The European Offshore Wind Deployment centre is currently waiting for approval from the Scottish government, which will make its final decision at the end of the year.
In October the business magnate wrote to Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond demanding that the project be stopped or relocated. He argued that the windfarm would ruin the country’s tourism industry and destroy the beauty of the Scottish coastline.
In January, Trump postponed plans on the luxury golf resort pending a final decision on the wind-power project from Marine Scotland. The Trump organisation released this statement:
“If the north east of Scotland is serious about tourism and creating a global golf destination, it cannot allow the coastline to be ruined by an ugly industrial park – 11 64-storey test turbines – directly off the shoreline.”
According to Industrial Info Resources, the government body in charge of approving the project has received more than 400 letters in support of the windfarm and just 14 objections. However, Trump’s director of international development, George Sorial, said that opposition to the windfarm has been much greater.
The windfarm, which would be built off the coast of Aberdeen in north eastern Scotland will serve up to 11 turbines and has the potential provide electricity for nearly half of the city.
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