By Tom Hundley, Chicago Tribune
Listen to Finlay MacLeod, a local broadcaster and writer who enjoys long ambles on the desolate moors, a jelly-like terrain that is more liquid than solid: "I know this place through the soles of my feet. I revel in it. I serenade it. I never go on holiday. When I do go away, I'm desperate to get back," he told a visitor.
"And now we are facing this terrible thing that threatens the very essence of what Lewis is. It's a small island. It's unique. And this will tear it asunder," he said.
The "terrible thing" to which he refers is a plan to construct what some promote as an environmental and economic blessing--a vast wind farm. Two British energy conglomerates have applied for permission to build 234 giant wind turbines that would generate 702 megawatts of power, one of the largest such projects in Europe.
The turbines would be 460 feet high; their rotors would have a diameter of 330 feet. A Boeing 747 jumbo jet could fly through the circumference with room to spare.
"There'd be no escaping them," said Catriona Campbell, whose kitchen window view would be compromised by dozens of the turbines about a mile away. She calls them a "physical and cultural desecration."
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