What would Ohio farmer do with this ‘rare’ BigWind event?

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Why is it that something, BigWind touts as ‘RARE’, seems to be occurring so darned often?? We have blogged about countless fires. This nacelle (middle of machine) is described as being as large as a school bus and we know the blades to be longer than a football field.  People, mistakenly, do not realize the size and danger of these machines.  We liken it to walking the strip in Las Vegas.  A casino may ‘appear’ to only be a block away, but our view is distorted because of the size. The walk ends up being much farther away.  Turbines ‘appear’ to be small machines, from a distance, but in reality, they are very large industrial machines.  Such machines do NOT belong next to a child’s playground or a home! Imagine if this fire had occurred in Ohio during a summer? The fire would have spread like a wildfire out West!…..

A wind turbine caught fire in West Pubnico, N.S., late Friday afternoon, throwing huge, burning pieces of material to the ground.

Firefighters were called to the scene…there was little firefighters could do to douse the flames.

“We couldn’t get nowhere near because the blades was still turning, so, and pieces was breaking off the blades,” he said. “So if a piece was to fall off, it would go a long ways with the wind and that. So it wasn’t safe to go nowhere near the tower at all.”…

Amiro said when the blades turn, the tips are more than 100 metres up in the air — too high to fight the fire from the ground….

Amiro said two of the blades were completely burned and the nacelle, the gearbox at the centre of the blades that’s “almost as big as a school bus” was also seriously damaged…

Amiro said it’s a good thing it was raining and the ground was covered with snow.

“If that would have been August, we’d still be there trying to put wood fire out,” he said Saturday morning.

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BigWind challenges Life Flight in Ohio

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The Apex turbines that have been proposed in Van Wert, Seneca and Sandusky counties will be approximately 600 feet high. How many lives could be lost or impacted if BigWind forces Life Flight to alter their flight paths???? Local residents deserve the right to vote on these projects!!

A potential 200 Megawatt Wind Farm with dozens or perhaps hundreds of turbines has been proposed for Eastern Seneca County and Southern Sandusky County.

But a group of concerned citizens want more say in where the wind turbines could go…

The Seneca Anti-Wind Union is a group of property owners who feel the economic needs of the county are outweighing the needs of these property owners.

“Money, money talks and so, when we’re talking about property rights, quality of life, that sort of thing; from a politician’s standpoint, that just doesn’t stack up to money,” said Greg Smith, member of the Seneca Anti-wind Union.

The group also has health and safety concerns, as Nate Blaser, fire chief for Bloom Township said the 600 foot tall Turbines would act as a wall that air ambulances would have to fly around on a day where there’s a low cloud base.

That’s because the proposed turbines in this project range from over 450 feet to just under 600 feet, far larger than other wind turbines in northwest Ohio.

“The ceiling height, or the window that they can fly into on a cloudy day is effected by the wind turbines. The wind turbines are much larger than what we’ve seen in other parts of the state,” said Bloom Township fire chief Nate Blaser.

The group wants to allow impacted residents to have a voice in the matter, which is why they oppose current Ohio House Bill 114, which would reduce the current turbine setback, allowing them to be built closer to private property.

“Right now, the local county has their hands tied, and the residents don’t have any say…

 

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BigWind fire grows to 5 acres. Ohio farmers concerned?

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Let us remind our legislators of their decisions to shorten the Ohio BigWind setbacks….This turbine fire required 8 fire engines and grew to 5 acres. What if a field of crops was beneath this turbine? What if the setback was significantly shortened and a home was close? Kids? There is absolutely NO logic to shortening our setbacks, but there is a LOT of greed…BigWind wants more tax $$$$$$….

A wind turbine caught fire, causing a grass fire Wednesday in western Oklahoma…

The sparks caused a grass fire that was contained after growing to approximately five acres. Eight fire engines responded to the scene and were able to contain the fire.

BigWind Oklahoma fire

BigWind FIRE…Will Ohio Senators support us or them?

Senator Cliff Hite has introduced an amendment in the Ohio budget, which will allow BigWind to plant an industrial wind energy turbine very close to the home of Ohioans.  By looking at this picture (and the others at the source website), does ANYONE think this is a good idea? If you do, you need your brain examined. Senator Hite has been brainwashed by BigWind lobbyists.  Maybe it’s time for Senator Hite to take a hike!….

A wind turbine caught fire Wednesday afternoon in the Texas panhandle, but officials are still working to determine what caused it….

Source: Wind turbine catches fire in Texas panhandle – KTXS

BigWind provides ‘fireworks in the fall’ for Benton County, Indiana

Don’t you just love America’s 4th of July celebrations? We do, but not in the middle of a farm field on top of a wind turbine. BP Wind Energy owns this turbine and they have sold their wind business to Apex.  We have blogged, recently, about how Apex now has purchased the wind leases in Southern Van Wert County, Ohio, and they recently met with the county commissioners. Their goal? Blanket the remainder of the county and press toward Allen county, Ohio. Connect the dots, and Ohio could have wind sites rapidly expanding across our lands. Additionally, have you ever heard of fire ‘suppression training’ for turbines? HA! Instead, just grab some popcorn and a blanket to sit and enjoy the show. Why would they burn for 30 minutes or longer? Remember, there are thousands of parts inside a turbine, with up to 200 gallons of oil in the nacelle. Not exactly something that a farmer should want towering over his dry fields ready for harvest…

A wind turbine in Fowler catches fire in Benton County Friday morning. Witnesses report seeing the turbine shooting flames and sparks from its motor….

said BP told him, whenever this happens, crew should secure the area and not attempt to put the fire out…

“We’ve always been told to just stabilize the area and keep everybody away from it,” said Burton. “It was really close to town, about a mile out. You could see it. It just looked like the fourth of July. There were just sparks going everywhere and flames shooting out.”

Firefighters report it took about 30 minutes for the fire to burnout…

via Wind turbine catches fire in Benton County | wlfi.com.  and http://do512blog.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/fireworks-1.jpg

BigWind THROWS FLAMING BLADE 100 meters

This doesn’t make our new Ohio setback of 1250 feet from a property line look too bad anymore, does it?  What if this happened in a dry field? What if this happened at a school, where our state setbacks are not mandated?  The first sentence of this article is laughable, because as BigWind is forced onto our communities, these incidents will no longer be as rare…

(Ireland) However, it is believed to be an isolated incident as this make of turbine ‘rarely malfunctions.’

A FLAMING WIND turbine blade almost sparked a forest fire in Cork after it was thrown several metres from the machine….

A flaming 28-metre-long blade from one of the turbines flew as far as 100 metres away from the machine and landed close to nearby gorse and forestry….

A spokesperson for Bantry Fire Station told TheJournal.ie their main aim was to contain this fire, to ensure it didn’t spread to forest and gorse. The turbine was completely destroyed.

They said it took ‘a couple of hours’ to bring the blaze under control due to dry conditions caused by a spell of good weather.

Similar incidents, known as “blade throws”, can often occur during very high wind speeds….

via This wind turbine caught fire and threw a flaming blade dozens of metres.

A 2-for-1 turbine in Indiana= wind energy plus “FIRE”works!

What a deal, fireworks plus a wind turbine! And, believe it or not, some schools have actually placed them on their school grounds! BP Wind is the group trying to build a farm in Southern Van Wert county, Mercer county, and along the RR that enters Allen county, Ohio through Spencerville….  

A wind turbine in Fowler catches fire in Benton County Friday morning. Witnesses report seeing the turbine shooting flames and sparks from its motor.

The turbine is just off U.S. 52 and County Road 100 South in Benton County. At 6:30 a.m., the Fowler Fire Department dispatched a crew to create a perimeter around the tower.

BP Wind Energy owns the turbine. Fowler Fire Chief Bill Burton said BP told him, whenever this happens, crews should secure the area and not attempt to put the fire out. He said this is something crews are prepared for, but never thought they would see.

“We’ve always been told to just stabilize the area and keep everybody away from it,” said Burton. “It was really close to town, about a mile out. You could see it. It just looked like the fourth of July. There were just sparks going everywhere and flames shooting out.”

Firefighters report it took about 30 minutes for the fire to burnout. No injures have been reported.

BP was unavailable for comment.

via Wind turbine catches fire in Benton County | WLFI.