Weren’t we told that BigWind was “safe”?

Wasn’t an Ohio community recently told that these turbines are “safe”? How far away will one of these things fly in high winds? Additionally, look at the complications of dealing with such a “rare” incident- I guarantee you this- these incidents will become significantly less “rare” as we blanket our farmlands with these industrial machines. How far away is enough? We are in the middle of an experiment, particularly at schools which have one of these machines on site…And, how would you like to be this farmer, who now risks further damage to his fields when they bring the crane in for repair. Who will determine how “soft” the ground is and when it is appropriate to move the crane on site? 

It stands idle on the northeast side of Tipton County, one of its three blades broken off. But more than two weeks after wind turbine G14 lost its blade, it is still unclear why, and when the turbine will be back up and running.

The turbine’s size and the equipment needed to take it apart to determine what caused the break are making for a difficult repair schedule.

A representative of E.On who asked not to be identified said Tuesday that the company is in the process of acquiring a rare crane, which will be brought to Tipton County to disassemble the entire turbine hub. The turbine, which is located in the Wildcat Wind Farm near 650 North and 725 East in Windfall, broke on the afternoon of Feb. 1.

Once a crane arrives, E.On will be able to conduct studies to determine what caused the break, but that could take until late March because there are only a few of those types of cranes available in the U.S. Heavy snowfall this winter also could complicate the process of bringing in equipment to disassemble the turbine if the ground is still soft when the crane is available, the E.On representative said….

via Cause of turbine blade break unknown » Local News » Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana.

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