Something New To Think About . . . Offshore Wind Turbine May Have Killed Young Whale

We all know what Wind Turbines do to birds and bats. We know what the sounds do to people that live near them with high pitched and infrasounds. Now there is another species that may be endangered, the darling of Greenpeace and all environmentals, something even more sacred than Polar Bears.

A new study is being started after multiple strandings by enormous humpback whales off the coast where new installations of offshore wind turbines have been placed. While here on land, the sounds from turbines are really only a problem within a mile or so as the air is not a very good conductor of sound, and the ground is only somewhat better. Water, on the other hand, is extremely conductive of both sound and electricity. Whales depend on sonar pings and sounds to travel and communicate and those sounds travel long distances. The sounds from wind turbines can travel just as far and would certainly be disruptive to whale herds near shore, where they feed and travel. It is also being studied that fish may also be affected by the sound, as they have swim bladders that may also be a problem. 

Having spent many years on the coast of Massachusetts, having my own boat, seeing whales and spending time around them has been a delight. It is also a huge industry along the coast with whale watches. This revelation might just get the phony environmentalists who support wind power to change their tune.

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Comment by Eskutassis on June 27, 2017 at 10:32pm

Marie Jane;

As with everything the government and the wind developers have told us from day one when they passed the Expedited Wind Bill in 2008, they have told nothing but lies and fabrications. They make up phony data numbers, but never reveal actual output. They tell us phony bird kill data, and do NOT have to prove it. Like the IPCC, there is no peer review or FOIA act because they are a private entity. 

But when you figure how much money we the taxpayer have put in these industrial machines, you would hope we had a stake in finding out facts.

Harming whales is a federal penalty. When I operated my boat offshore of Mass, we frequently came very close to whales that would come right up to the boat for a close look. We had to shut down and just sit till they went away. Sometimes that would last and hour or more. It was truly a pleasure to see 50' whales next to us in a 24' boat. I hope if they find this is what is happening, the owners, operators and investors will all be held accountable with money penalties and maybe even jail time.

Comment by Paula D Kelso on June 27, 2017 at 8:52pm

When the developer of Pisgah Mtn Wind claims he is in his 'office' at the site almost every day, I thought what the heck could he be doing? He said the turbines are controlled on site, at his home computer in Bangor and in Austria. But that didn't seem to add up and then the light bulb. On site, first to find any dead birds. Guess it would be a little harder to dispose of whales than birds. By the way, it seems the Phase II of Pisgah is in the works, five more turbines generating more, taller, longer blades. And no, it is still not out in the public forum. It's one thing for Clifton to funnel $200,000 in taxes away from schools and county taxes through a TIF; what would a town this size do with a $500,000 a year cash pot to be spent at the discretion of the Select Board. I hope Holden and Eddington start paying attention soon and let Clifton know what they think of the smallest town in the District not ponying up to pay its fair share of the school budget.

Comment by Marie Jane on June 27, 2017 at 5:04pm

I attended a meeting nearly a year ago hosted by Wildlife Federation ..... the guest speaker could not wait for Block Island to be operational and gave a talk about the success of wind "power" around the globe ... all countries that before and since have fb'd volumes about the harm delivered and being endured because of industrial wind turbines. The very first question after the presentation was about protecting the whales in our Atlantic Ocean and concern about Block Island ....... the answer was stunning... in essence:  "The developers have assured us that they will protect the whales" ..... Laughable, because neither the "developers" or iwt supporters have protected humans or acknowledge the fact that there are inherent problems with iwts impacting quality of life for all living things. BUT, if industrial wind turbines in our Atlantic become the reality, what will the future bring?

Comment by Deborah Andrew on June 27, 2017 at 2:10pm

The effect of ultra sound was my first thought when I heard about the dead whales.  Even if this turns out not to be the cause, the complete disregard of the environment and the sense of entitlement to the earth with a focus on the immediate rather than a focus on future generations who will inherit the harms we continue to cause is deeply troubling for me.

Comment by Eskutassis on June 27, 2017 at 12:58pm

Thanks for the comment Marie Jane. I'm afraid you are right when you say that this might be the tip of the iceberg. If this proves true, it will be bigger than the phony story the other side tried to peddle about "endangered" Polar Bears. We may get Greenpeace to change their tune as well as some of the other environmental movements. It is a lot easier to see washed up whales than birds and bats in the deep forest.

Comment by Marie Jane on June 27, 2017 at 12:43pm

Have been trying to collect "whale news" from around the globe where iwts may be involved.  I believe this is the tip of the iceberg.....

Subject: Whale Deaths - Ocean Wind Turbines World Wide

Story image for NOAA whale rhode island from Newport Buzz

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Last year 26 humpback whales were found dead on the shores of the ... She said the ship interaction was believed to be the cause of death.

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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."


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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 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?" 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.”

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