First, my thanks for allowing me to participate with Citizen's Task Force on Wind Power-Maine. Although I am a Massachusetts resident, I have been studying and involved with this issue for ten years, five years longer than most medical residents and post-doc engineers.
Within the wind power industry, wind turbines may be expected to have gear box failures in their five to seventh year service life. What this means, is that the lubricant oil, more than ninety gallons in the nacelles, can suddenly leak out, causing the machine to overheat and burn. Outside of fires caused by lightning, this probably accounts for most turbine fires, which are understandably far more numerous than the officially reported number, ten times more numerous.
It is a calculated engineering and business decision to risk environmental destruction by fire on the part of the wind developers. If you are concerned about protecting your pristine natural environment, and I know that you are, you will redouble your efforts to stop this pernicious industry from destroying your lands, and your people.