20 Dec 2008

Anti-windfarm group penalised

3:27 pm on 20 December 2008

An environmental group has been ordered to pay nearly $50,000 in costs to three local authorities and two power companies, Meridian Energy and Trustpower.

The Upland Landscape Protection Society had asked the High Court to overturn resource consents for two windfarms in South Dunedin and Central Otago.

But the case was struck out by the court and Justice Fogarty awarded costs against the society.

Trustpower community relations manager Graeme Purches says the case sends a clear signal to environmental groups that they risk incurring significant costs if they take cases that have no merit.