Heavy Face Book "Shares" Regarding UMPI Tuerbine Fire

I post criticisms of the wind industry in Maine regularly on my Face Book page and they get nominal shares and comments.  On April 2, I posted this comment and the photo.  In less than 24 hours, this has been shared more than 260 times and my particular post has received 106 "reactions".  Wind Warriors, the sensationalism of a turbine fire gets people's attention, so if you are using social media--send out the criticism of the wind power farce while we have people's attention!

My post:

A fitting end to a $2 million waste of taxpayer money. This tiny (by wind industry standards at 600kw or .6 Mw) wind turbine was a lemon from the start. It had numerous breakdowns and would be off-line for weeks and months at a time. Even when it was operational, it under-performed at less than 15% capacity factor in windswept Aroostook County! Wind turbine gearboxes are filled with flammable lubricants and they are subject to much wear and tear. They catch on fire and there is NO fire department anywhere that can put out such a fire. They are simply allowed to burn themselves out while fire personnel haplessly watch out for debris.
Here is the problem facing Maine: We have allowed hundreds of wind turbines to be placed in the woods, high up on ridges. Already, a wind turbines fire occurred at Kibby near the Canadian border--fortunately in the winter with a lot of snow. But any Mainer knows we sometimes have dry Spring periods before the trees green out, dry late summers and autumns as well. We just experienced a drought 2 summers ago and last year was the 70th anniversary of the horrific fires of 1947. What happens when a wind turbine in a remote Maine forest catches fire in tinder dry conditions and, even worse, fire is fanned by winds (ironically)? A fire starting at Kibby could burn all the way to the Kennebec River. A fire like that at Rollins in Lincoln or Stetson Mt. could burn all the way to the Canadian border.
We must stop putting potential forest fire starting torches on our ridges and stop further destruction of Maine's natural and scenic resources by the wind industry.


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Comment by Brad Blake on April 5, 2018 at 2:48pm

WOW!!!  The power of social media!  In less than 48 hours, this Face Book post has now been shared 538 times and received 194 "reactions", many of which are "wow" or "anger"  Here's my problem, though.  I have posted many various critiques of the wind industry on Face Book.  Usually they are factual arguments meant to educate people, especially those who just might be starting to question the two decades of wind power propaganda.  These NEVER get anywhere near the attention, particularly the sharing, as this sensationalist post.    It proves my point that if we had anywhere near the financial backing as the PR machine of the wind industry, we could mount a media campaign that would bring the wind industry down and sway pandering politicians to our side.

Comment by Brad Blake on April 4, 2018 at 2:32pm

Sherwin,  in 2009, in response to a question raised by Friends of Lincoln Lakes regarding the Rollins Wind project (it has 40 turbines sprawled across 7 miles of ridges) the fire chief in Lincoln, Maine stated it would take 15 minutes or more, depending on location, to respond to a report of a fire.  (likely far more!)  He further stated that they had no ability to put out such a fire but would set up on the perimeter to keep such a fire from spreading. As a follow up, he acknowledged the only water source would be water brought in with tanks, as there is no water source anywhere near the ridge tops, in spite of the ridges being above 13 lakes and ponds.  
This is in an area that has a full time fire department within about 6 miles of an access road to the wind project.  Most of the wind turbines in Maine are far more remote.  At Kibby on the Canadian border, for example, the nearest fire truck is with the volunteer fire department in Carrabassett Valley, about an hour from the access road.  A turbine fire happened at Kibby in the middle of winter with lots of snow cover.  There was no attempt to put it out, nor was there any media coverage.  What happens if a fire starts in October after a dry summer and autumn?  Prevailing winds would drive the fire downslope and we will have a MAJOR forest fire on our hands!  What is the impact on tourism should that happen in Moosehead Region where industrial wind sites are proposed?  There are myriad bad scenarios related to putting these potential torches on our forested uplands.

Comment by Sherwin Start on April 3, 2018 at 7:07pm

(( % of FIRE ENGINES  built today cannot  THROW A  2 inch STREAM of Water  further than 200 feet and that's if there is no wind ! THese TURBINE TOwers are  400-600 feet high! 

IN ADDITION  who is going to put out the FOREST FIres  these  "BURN-OUTS"  cause ???

WHO Is going to pay the millons of dollars to replace these "Burn-OUTS" Turbine  and Towers ??


Comment by Long Islander on April 3, 2018 at 3:56pm

Wind turbine fire risk: ten times higher than the industry admits


Comment by Long Islander on April 3, 2018 at 1:59pm

Here's a treasure trove of information on wind turbine fires:


Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on April 3, 2018 at 12:21pm

The photo that closed Maine's wind farms...no words needed...a fire that can't be put out and will burn down a dry forest and disrupt a community's power supply....

Just send the photo out to every energy/environment media source out there...no words, just this blog as the contact. 

Comment by arthur qwenk on April 3, 2018 at 12:08pm

Maine Will Rue the Day it allowed these wind turbine complexes to pock its ground. DEP fire regulations are almost non-existent in the permitting process for these massive  industrial developments of the forest. DEP regulations should immediately be revised to account for this massive danger to life  property and environment. Buying a fire engine by the wind developer for the affected town DOES NOT CUT IT!

See Clyde MaCDonald's  Testimony in 2011 which was so insightful below.


Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."



Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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