Wind Turbine Fires Signal End of Land-Based Wind Turbines

DARK SIDE OF "GREEN": WIND TURBINE NOISE, FIRES, ACCIDENTS, INJURIES, AND FATALITIES RAISE SERIOUS SAFETY CONCERNS NEAR RESIDENTIAL HOMES

Hanover, Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Presque Isle, Maine have all seen dramatic wind turbine fires in the last few weeks.
The obvious challenge facing firefighters is the height involved if a fire occurs in the turbine motor.
Due to the risk of falling fire debris over a wide area, approaching a burning turbine ...is usually not an option unless there is a life risk involved. If the turbine is turning, power is being generated and an electrocution hazard will be present.
Typically, a good option for firefighters to consider is to evacuate any endangered areas, set up a collapse zone, and attempt to control any ground fires to prevent the fire from spreading to other units.
In the case of a runaway or over-speed event, rotating turbines can throw debris thousands of feet away during a blade failure. Pieces of blades have been documented in California as traveling over 4,200 feet. Distance and time will fix this problem.
Pre-incident planning and Standard Operation Procedure development are keys to success for safely handling this unique danger.
Between 2005 and 2009 the news media and politicians touted commercial land-based wind turbines. Today your not going to read about the ongoing health, financial fiasco and now mechanical breakdowns resulting in massive fires. The blades can weigh up to seven tons each.
The residents who live near turbines in Falmouth, Massachusetts don't have fires but have reported problems such as sleep disruption, headaches, vertigo, and nausea. Today residents world wide report the same conditions. The wind industry would have you believe these people world-wide all got together like Hollywood actors making up the same story worldwide for the last eight years ?
Proponents of wind energy admit the turbines do make noise regulatory measured in decibels and infrasound a low-frequency noise called a nuisance or human annoyance. In 2011 the Chief Executive Officer of Vestas wind company CEO Engel Ditlev wrote a letter to Karen Ellemann about low frequency noise. The CEO responded that Vestas does not have the technology to stop the noise. The Town of Falmouth owns two Vestas V-82 Type 1.65 megawatt 110 decibel chest pounding wind turbines.
 
The Falmouth, Massachusetts local town Zoning Board of Appeals decided the wind turbines are a nuisance and in June of 2017 Barnstable Superior Court Judge Cornelius Moriarty issued the order to shut down Falmouth's town-owned Wind 1 and Wind 2.
Here is the video of the most recent wind turbine fire in Presque Isle, Maine --April 1, 2018
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The University of Maine at Presque Isle Wind turbine on fire
Published on Apr 2, 2018 Click link to watch fire 

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Comment by Frank Haggerty on April 4, 2018 at 9:48am

Penny -- The Migratory Bird Act is an international treaty the US cannot change --The Maine people should look into this act in regards to ocean wind turbine bird deaths --In 1940, the US and 17 other countries throughout the Americas signed a pact to "protect and preserve - in their natural habitat - representatives of all species  ...  of their native flora and fauna." 

Comment by Penny Gray on April 4, 2018 at 9:22am

My guess is, there'll be some sort of special permits issued for killing coastal migratory birds in order to provide a secure and stable environment for off-shore wind development.  Same sort of kill permit that Obama enacted for raptors on behalf of the wind industry.

Comment by Frank Haggerty on April 4, 2018 at 8:55am

To Penny Gray -- The real question is the bird deaths associated with ocean wind turbines --

Will federal law be enforced against the killing of migratory birds by ocean wind turbines ?

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (MBTA), codified at 16 U.S.C. §§ 703–712 (although §709 is omitted), is a United States federal law, first enacted in 1916 to implement the convention for the protection of migratory birds between the United States and Great Britain (acting on behalf of Canada).

Comment by Penny Gray on April 4, 2018 at 8:16am

Wonder if turbine fires can still be reported as "oil spills".

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

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

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/wind-turbine-fire-risk-...

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

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

http://www.windaction.org/posts?search=fire

 

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

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(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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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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

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