Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Out of Woljeong Beach, we left at 4:30 p.m., on Monday, August 2nd, 2010, and reached Pyeongdae Beach by 7:30 p.m. During this strip of coastline, at 5.5 kilometers (a bit less than 2 kmph), we went past Haengwon, site of the wind farm.

This area, especially outside the government's renewable energy buildings, was the dirtiest part of the waters, so far. It was as if the people had taken the clean houses (Korean use of the phrase for an area where public dumpsters are located) and threw the garbage in the sea.

Long discarded phosphorescent lights, Winnie the Pooh slippers, plastic chunks, bobbers, full Ramen MSG packets were all in sight. Sherrin swam through it all. According to the swimmer's underwater eyes, it appears there currently is a larger sewer pipe discharging filth into the sea.
It's more than ironic there is excrement and other high concentrations of waste festering in the waters closest to windmills. Green energy at what price?

We landed and hobbled onto Pyeongdae Beach not knowing where we were until asking a family man on the beach via a Korean team member's phone translation.


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