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Another Wind Turbine Incident

January 14, 2015

By Paul Homewood 

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-30811998

 

 

From the BBC:

 

 

A wind farm in the Borders has been shut down after part of a turbine was found by a roadside.

The three-metre-long turbine component, which is made of fibreglass, was found close to the Longpark wind farm near Stow.

Local people believe it fell off one of the turbines during recent stormy weather.

EDF Energy Renewables, which operates the wind farm, confirmed it had begun an investigation into the incident.

 

  

How long will it be before somebody is killed?

11 Comments
  1. January 15, 2015 12:19 am

    I’m no fan of bat mincers but your comment “How long will it be before somebody is killed?” is not only fatuous, inane and redundant; it is otiose as well. We would expect to hear exactly this sort of thing from alarmists. It is a distortion of the truth, the truth being that so far no humans have been killed by bat mincers. Talking of bats, I fear you’ve been reading too much of George Moonbat, because inverting good news to spread gloom and despondency is exactly his style.

    • rah permalink
      January 15, 2015 10:29 am

      Drive by the wind farm along the 401 in Ontario or any number of the secondary roads in the area of Tilbury, ON and think about what could happen if one of the blades on one of those units closest to the road let loose at the wrong time.

    • January 15, 2015 12:14 pm

      I guess you have not seen the pictures of turbine blades lying on top of day care centers and public schools? It is only a matter of time.

  2. John F. Hultquist permalink
    January 15, 2015 3:16 am

    In England, there were 163 wind turbine accidents that killed 14 people in 2011 and 14, 4, 2 in the years since.

    Click to access accidents.pdf


    Looks like building them is the time of greatest danger.
    I toured a place about 7 years ago. I won’t go back.

  3. January 15, 2015 3:34 am

    @oldfossil it was found by the roadside !
    In any industrial process people will be injured or killed over time.
    But in the case of windfarms
    1. they are extra deaths/injuries – without windfarms all electricity would be supplied by existing power plants
    2. They are more likely to be members of the public due to them being near footpaths/roads. From memory metal has fallen onto footpaths once in Derbyshire, and once in Wales, maybe something near a school . Certaintly solar panels have fallen off the school roof and onto the boys toilets in Norfolk
    In This page there are 3 event listed where the phrase “(could have) killed” is used when parts fell near homes/roads http://www.windbyte.co.uk/safety.html

    Worker deaths
    2012 Scotland http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-18461003
    This page claims 79 deaths worldwide http://www.wind-works.org/cms/index.php?id=43&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=414&cHash=5a7a0eb3236dd3283a3b6d8cf4cc508b

    comprehensive list of 1700 windfarm accidents http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk/fullaccidents.pdf

  4. January 15, 2015 4:05 am

    BTW The BBC World TV Business report just featured a very fair and balanced report about windfarms in Australia

    … I am joking about the “fair and balanced” of course ..it was a hatchet job against the Abbott government> The 5 mins that I saw feature shots and shots of turbines. None were spinning properly some were slow and most not moving at all.
    It appears to be a series of articles Oct, Nov and now feauturing windfarm investors saying they are losing out “due to political uncertainty”
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-29982908
    Funnily they didn’t mention the effects of falling oil prices on renewables:

  5. John F. Hultquist permalink
    January 15, 2015 5:26 am

    High pressure – no wind – no output.
    Look soon — this is for the week ending as I write; on January 14.

    http://transmission.bpa.gov/Business/Operations/Wind/baltwg.aspx

  6. January 15, 2015 7:47 am

    “there was not considered to be any danger to the public”. So 3m long missiles made of fibreglass are not a danger to the public. The police yet again show their incompetence.or ignorance.

  7. January 15, 2015 9:36 pm

    Reblogged this on Johnsono ne'Blog'as.

  8. Peter permalink
    January 20, 2015 2:30 pm

    Due to a malfunction at my email provider, this was the latest message I have had from you, and I understand the rest will have been bounced. The situation has now been corrected, so can you reinstate me if I have been unsubscribed. Cheers, Peter Arnold

    • January 20, 2015 4:50 pm

      I think you will have to reenter your email address on the “Follow” box, Peter.

      Thanks

      Paul

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