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Turbine Trucks Rolling Today, Protests Planned

July 15, 2012

The cradle that rocks the arm. That nice little bump you see is the point where the nearly 200 foot blade attaches to the 400-plus foot turbine base. Photo courtesy of Steve Blake.

ORLEANS COUNTY- The delivery of wind turbine sections to the Lowell Mountain wind site is underway.
This is a key milestone for the construction of Green Mountain Power’s wind turbine project on Lowell Mountain. The 21 industrial sized turbines' components are being transported via more than 100 trucks.
An oversized load rolled through Island Pond, Charleston, and Derby Friday before continuing on through Irasburg and to Lowell. Other deliveries are also heading to Lowell following a different route from Albany, NY.
Today, six truckloads are scheduled to come from Island Pond to Derby, and then to Lowell. Trucking will continue through early September.
"We're excited to begin construction of the turbines after months of project planning and site preparation," said GMP spokesperson Dorothy Schnure.
Protesters are gearing up to demonstrate today beginning at 9 a.m. across from the entrance to the construction site along Route 100. Bread and Puppet Theater performers are expected. Protesters also announced that some are planning to follow the trucks along the route.
“The rally is another in a growing number of opposition actions around the state aimed at wind developers with their eye on Vermont’s mountains. The problems with ridgeline wind aren’t going away. A growing number of Vermonters are saying no to this disrespect and devastation of communities and ecosystems when we have cheaper and less destructive renewable generation alternatives,” a press release from the opponent group, Mountain Occupiers, states.
Mountain Occupiers allege the trucks are committing transport violations, which they reported to the state police, however Commander Kirk Cooper, of the Derby barracks, was unavailable for comment Sunday. The violation alleges a truckload was driving after hours.
The permit from Department of Motor Vehicles states that the trucks cannot be driven during the busiest hours, which are between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., between noon and 1 p.m., and between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Dotty Schnure, the corporate spokesperson for GMP, said that it is up to the police escort to determine once the truck is in route, and it is getting late in the day, if it is safe to continue or not.
“We defer to the police to make the best decisions for public safety,” Schnure said in an interview Sunday.
The oversized truck loads are required by the DMV to have a police escort with flashing lights. The permit also requires that the trucks pull over to the first safe haven available in inclement weather and wait for the storm to clear.
Meanwhile, the project moves forward and GMP expects the project to be generating power by the end of the year. More work than expected was completed during the winter months due to the mild weather conditions.
The project, although supported by a majority of Lowell residents, has created much controversy.
Several people, including a North Country Hospital Doctor and a college professor, were arrested while protesting the wind turbine project. Local journalist Chris Braithwaite of the Chronicle was also arrested covering a protest, but has a different attorney and a different argument than the protesters.
The cases continue in court.
To learn about the protests, go to http://lowellmountainsnews.wordpress.com/ .

Comments

Missing whooping cranes

September 18, 2012 by Wiegand (not verified), 2 years 10 weeks ago
Comment: 520

Here are some real facts about the industry. Wind Farms slaughter birds. Millions of them and most are protected species. Wind farms do not kill 2.9 birds per MW as the industry claims these turbines kill between 30-100 birds per MW. That is until their populations start plummeting. The information below was copied from a report released in 2008 in by a group of University Professors and Ornithologists that were not paid off by the industry.

Development of wind projects is likely to cause:

a. Bird mortality caused by collisions with operating turbines and/or elements of auxiliary infrastructure, in particular overhead power lines;

b. Decrease in population due to loss and fragmentation of habitats caused by deterring effect of the wind turbines and/or development of

communication and energy infrastructure related to operations of the wind turbines,

c. Disturbance to populations, in particular to short- and long - range bird migrations (the barrier effect).

The wind industry has been slaughtering bird populations and lying about it for decades. What is written above is the reason why the Wood Buffalo-Aransas Whooping Cranes population is disappearing. Their 2012 population should be around 375-400 but it is only about half that due to the explosion of wind industry development in their migration corridor. It is not drought that is killing them as the USFWS and wind industry would like us to believe, but thousands of 400-500 ft wind turbines slashing at 200 mph through hundreds of millions of cubic feet of air space.

The widely quoted USFWS estimate of 440,000 birds killed annually by the wind industry is years outdated. Yet it is still being used. Even though it was low it was based on only 25GW of installed capacity. Today in the US we are at 53GW of installed capacity, with another 10,000 MW currently under construction. Then one has to consider these factors that come into play with these estimates. The USFWS has only "Voluntary Regulations" for the wind industry. The industry can do what ever they want and nothing will happen to them. I have gone through the bogus mortality studies conducted by mercenary biologists around wind turbines. They are using search areas that are deliberately 8-10 times too small; their searches are also not done daily. This is needed to try to keep up with scavengers that are making a living off of chopped up birds. The wind industry has gag orders written into contracts with lease holders and employees to silence these people. There is high security at all wind farms. The wind industry personnel are routinely picking up bodies and they hide them. I have documentation on this. Some studies from out of this country show a death rate of over 100 birds per MW from wind turbines but the AWEA estimates only 2.9 birds killed per MW. These numbers might as well come from Syria and Iran because the real numbers are at least 10 times higher.

The time to move is TODAY if you want to help save the whopping cranes and other rare bird species. For this to take place the public needs to reject all the wind industry lies, studies and cover stories about their impacts because they have been rigged for 28 years. The fact that no whooping crane death has ever been recorded at a wind farm is true, but it means nothing. The industry posturing of no dead body, equals no evidence, and therefore we are innocent is statement of total fabrication.

By now everyone should realize that industry operates in complete secrecy with total control of their wind farms. Wind farms are patrolled daily by personnel looking for bodies and a huge white bird would be hard to miss. A sliced up whooping crane body will never be produced from a wind farm until they get their incidental kill permits (this is in their plans) from the USFWS. Some whooping cranes are wearing GPS transmitters, but if one happens to die at a wind farm with a transmitter on, they know the drill, just take the transmitter and give it a ride away from the site.

There really is enough indirect evidence to conclude that the wind industry is killing the whooping crane and millions of other birds that go unreported by this industry. There is even more evidence then that what used to convict murderer Drew Peterson. But if anyone disagrees then just try to change the USFWS "Voluntary regulations" for this industry so that a body could not be hidden. Such an action would be met head on with every once of resistance the industry could muster because they know that if wind farm secrecy and the gag orders were ever lifted, this industry would shrivel up over night.

For more information on the Whooping cranes visit the Whooping Crane Conservation Association web site and look up flock status. Make sure you up the graph that shows their steep population decline that began with the explosion of turbines that have invaded their migration route. Also when you get there you can also read what Tom Stehn had to say about the newly adopted (Bogus) USFWS method of counting/exaggerating whooping cranes.

The wind industry should be run out of every town in America

September 18, 2012 by Wiegand (not verified), 2 years 10 weeks ago
Comment: 519

The wind industry should be run out of every town in America and a full blown investigation should be launched into this industry.

Wind Farms slaughter birds. Millions of them and most are protected species. Wind farms do not kill 2.9 birds per MW as the industry claims these turbines kill between 30-100 birds per MW. That is until their populations start plummeting. The information below was copied from a report released in 2008 in by a group of University Professors and Ornithologists that were not paid off by the industry.

Development of wind projects is likely to cause:

a. Bird mortality caused by collisions with operating turbines and/or elements of auxiliary infrastructure, in particular overhead power lines;
b. Decrease in population due to loss and fragmentation of habitats caused by deterring effect of the wind turbines and/or development of
communication and energy infrastructure related to operations of the wind turbines,
c. Disturbance to populations, in particular to short- and long - range bird migrations (the barrier effect).

The wind industry has been slaughtering bird populations and lying about it for decades. What is written above is the reason why the Wood Buffalo-Aransas Whooping Cranes population is disappearing. Their 2012 population should be around 375-400 but it is only about half that due to the explosion of wind industry development in their migration corridor. It is not drought that is killing them as the USFWS and wind industry would like us to believe, but thousands of 400-500 ft wind turbines slashing at 200 mph through hundreds of millions of cubic feet of air space.

The time to move is TODAY if you want to help save the whopping cranes and other rare bird species. For this to take place the public needs to reject all the wind industry lies,studies and cover stories about their impacts because they have been rigged for 28 years. The fact that no whooping crane death has ever been recorded at a wind farm is true, but it means nothing. The industry posturing of no dead body, equals no evidence, and therefore we are innocent is statement of total fabrication.

By now everyone should realize that industry operates in complete secrecy with total control of their wind farms. Wind farms are patrolled daily by personnel looking for bodies and a huge white bird would be hard to miss. A sliced up whooping crane body will never be produced from a wind farm until they get their incidental kill permits (this is in their plans) from the USFWS. Some whooping cranes are wearing GPS transmitters, but if one happens to die at a wind farm with a transmitter on, they know the drill, just take the transmitter and give it a ride away from the site.

There really is enough indirect evidence to conclude that the wind industry is killing the whooping crane and millions of other birds that go unreported by this industry. There is even more evidence then that what used to convict murderer Drew Peterson. But if anyone disagrees then just try to change the USFWS "Voluntary regulations" for this industry so that a body could not be hidden. Such an action would be met head on with every once of resistance the industry could muster because they know that if wind farm secrecy and the gag orders were ever lifted, this industry would shrivel up over night.

For more information on the Whooping cranes visit the Whooping Crane Conservation Association web site and look up flock status. Make sure you up the graph that shows their steep population decline that began with the explosion of turbines that have invaded their migration route. Also when you get there you can also read what Tom Stehn had to say about the newly adopted (Bogus) USFWS method of counting/exaggerating whooping cranes.

Wind industry corruption and the disappearing whooping cranes

September 18, 2012 by Wiegand (not verified), 2 years 10 weeks ago
Comment: 518

With the new USFWS survey methodology created for the sole purpose of exaggerating whooping crane numbers, I would expect they will say that the population is back to around 300 next year. But they only counted 192 last year. After seeing some of their (USFWS) rigged GPS data, I put nothing past them. They know exactly what I am talking about and soon everyone else will. I also presume the Whooping Crane flock will have captive bred birds dumped in to boost numbers because the wild flock could not possibly make up for the 100 lost last year. And where are those numbers from the captive population? This has all become such a mess that the public can never believe any statements from the USFWS. The USFWS has already played their hand concerning the whooping cranes. They created their new bogus survey to hide the truth. Probably the best way for people to stay on top of all this is to have the Whooping Crane Conservation Association do their own counts along with the complete age class data for the flock because the USFWS will not tell the truth about the missing whooping cranes or admit to the incredible danger that the wind turbines pose for these birds. They have shown time and time again that they are there to cover for the wind industry. Just as they have for 28 years.

Wind industry corruption and the disappearing whooping cranes

September 18, 2012 by Wiegand (not verified), 2 years 10 weeks ago
Comment: 517

With the new USFWS survey methodology created for the sole purpose of exaggerating whooping crane numbers, I would expect they will say that the population is back to around 300 next year. But they only counted 192 last year. After seeing some of their (USFWS) rigged GPS data, I put nothing past them. They know exactly what I am talking about and soon everyone else will. I also presume the Whooping Crane flock will have captive bred birds dumped in to boost numbers because the wild flock could not possibly make up for the 100 lost last year. And where are those numbers from the captive population? This has all become such a mess that the public can never believe any statements from the USFWS. The USFWS has already played their hand concerning the whooping cranes. They created their new bogus survey to hide the truth. Probably the best way for people to stay on top of all this is to have the Whooping Crane Conservation Association do their own counts along with the complete age class data for the flock because the USFWS will not tell the truth about the missing whooping cranes or admit to the incredible danger that the wind turbines pose for these birds. They have shown time and time again that they are there to cover for the wind industry. Just as they have for 28 years.

Record Cranes Returning to Aransas

September 16, 2012 by Mike Barnard (not verified), 2 years 10 weeks ago
Comment: 509

“A record whooping crane flock is expected at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge for the second straight year. Refuge manager Dan Alonso said there could be enough cranes making their annual migration to the area to break last year’s count of about 280.

“We’re eagerly anticipating approximately 300 birds this year,” Dan Alonso said.”

“Alonso said recent rainfall of about 2 inches has replenished drinking water sources for the whoopers, and about 20 ponds created by windmill pumps are available for the birds to drink.”

http://www.scrippsnews.biz/content/record-whooping-crane-flock-expected-...

Record whooping cranes expected; windmills help with drought

September 12, 2012 by Mike Barnard (not verified), 2 years 10 weeks ago
Comment: 507

“A record whooping crane flock is expected at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge for the second straight year. Refuge manager Dan Alonso said there could be enough cranes making their annual migration to the area to break last year’s count of about 280.

“We’re eagerly anticipating approximately 300 birds this year,” Dan Alonso said.”

“Alonso said recent rainfall of about 2 inches has replenished drinking water sources for the whoopers, and about 20 ponds created by windmill pumps are available for the birds to drink.”

http://www.scrippsnews.biz/content/record-whooping-crane-flock-expected-...
Pity that Wiegand continues to spout unsupported, unsupportable and increasingly frantic lies.

No Whooping Cranes killed; Wiegand not credible

September 10, 2012 by Mike Barnard (not verified), 2 years 11 weeks ago
Comment: 503

Mr. Wiegand is inventing from whole cloth a major slaughter which hasn't occurred.

Zero (0) whooping cranes have been reported even annoyed by a wind farm.

Tremendous efforts are being made by the USFWS, the wind industry and innumerable volunteers to ensure that this amazing bird continues to survive. Wind farm plans have been abandoned, planned power lines completely re-sited, wildlife biologists hired to monitor the skies at wind farms during migration season and wind farms shut down rapidly as soon as any whooping crane comes within a mile.

There have been recent declines in whooping crane population, but they are attributable to drought and bad water management practices by the State of Texas, according to court testimony the world's leading expert on whooping cranes, Tom Stehn. He's the individual most responsible for the growth in whooping crane populations from dozens to hundreds over the past 30 years, and has been integral to ensuring wind farms and whooping cranes can co-exist.

Mr. Wiegand, on the other hand, has never worked with whooping cranes and is an anti-wind lobbyist with the anti-wind organization Save the Eagles International. He is not a wildlife biologist, he's an antique dealer with a pet peeve.

Full citations, pertinent quotes and references for further analysis are here:
http://www.quora.com/Wind-Power/Are-wind-farms-killing-endangered-whoopi...

Wiegand is neither accurate nor credible

September 8, 2012 by Mike Barnard (not verified), 2 years 11 weeks ago
Comment: 501

If Mr. Wiegand were accurate, his assertions would be a cause for concern. If Mr. Wiegand were even a wildlife biologist, this might be the basis for discussion. Neither, however, is true.

Regarding whooping cranes, there are no records of any whooping crane even being harmed or displaced by a wind farm, never mind killed. None. Zero.

Tom Stehn, the foremost expert on whooping cranes on the planet, and the person most individually responsible for their recovery over the past 30 years of working with them, has testified in court that recent reductions in whooping crane numbers are due to State of Texas water management policies during the 2008-2009 drought.

Mr. Wiegand is actually an antiques dealer who studied undergraduate wildlife biology 40 years ago at Berkeley. He’s also hates wind farms. His claims include:
- a 28 year conspiracy by the US Fish and Wildlife service,
- that hundreds of PhDs, professional wild biologists and dozens of preservation organizations are involved
- that the carefully worked out bird mortality counting methodology by the above is wrong by a factor of ten.

Mr. Wiegand is not a credible source, he’s a crank who is making things up.

References and quotations proving all of the above in the attached reference material:
http://www.quora.com/Wind-Power/Are-wind-farms-killing-endangered-whooping-cranes

Say Goodbye to the Whooping Cranes

July 16, 2012 by Wiegand (not verified), 2 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 470

Millions should be protesting and who in their right mind would ever want to reward this industry with tax credits? This would make as much sense as giving Charles Manson a new trial. The public across America is learning the real price of these damn turbines and will not put up with the lies coming from USFWS and the Wind Industry’s 28 year avian mortality cover-up, for much longer. . Golden Eagles have been killed by the thousands from wind turbines, Bald eagles are next and now there is more dismal news coming out about the Whooping Cranes. In 2012, even with the new USFWS flawed/exaggerated survey methods, they are claiming that only 245 Whooping Cranes remain in the Central Flyway population. The real population number is now probably less than 200 because they only counted 192 in Texas this year. When you add last spring's population numbers to the offspring that left with them from Canada, The mortality numbers are devastating for this species.

Over the last 6 years the Central Flyway Whooping Cranes numbers have declined proportionately with the explosion of the wind industry in their migration corridor. A hundred lost this year? One third of the population? You had better believe it because in the next 3-5 years we are now looking at the end of the free flying Whooping Cranes. Despite captive breeding pumping up their numbers and decades of population growth, this population has been on the decline since 2006.
I looked over the Whooping Crane migration route in just the US. This is how bad it is for this endangered species. In South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas there are now over 16,500 MW of installed wind energy capacity. At 2 MW per turbine, this means that over 8,000 wind turbines are installed in the central flyway. But the average turbine is probably closer to 1.5 MW which would bring the total to over 11,000 wind turbines.
In 2006 when the population decline began for the Whooping Crane, the installed wind energy capacity for the entire US was approximately 16,500 MW. At that time, the six states mentioned in the Central Flyway had 3600 MW of installed capacity, most of it(2700 MW) being in Texas. Since then the wind industry has grown over 450% in the Central Flyway and now there is more installed wind energy capacity in just these six states then there was in the entire US, at the end of 2006. . Now if readers can wrap their heads around this..........Another 136,700 MW of wind projects are planned for these six states. This would bring the total to over 150,000 MW. If the Wind industry has their way, the Central Flyway located in the United States, will soon have over 100,000 turbines. At this point there will be over 2.5 trillion cubic feet of deadly rotor sweep waiting for the whooping Cranes each spring and fall when they migrate.
Since the population decline began, several hundred Whopping Cranes have turned up missing and are unaccounted for. Only a few of these bodies have ever been officially recovered. None have ever been reported killed at any of the wind farm installations in the Central Flyway even though the biggest mortality threat to this species, is the propeller style wind turbine. . But if you ask the industry, their wind turbines are not a threat to the whooping Cranes and they have the research and experts to back it up.

The reality is that the wind industry has been hiding bodies for decades so they could expand with little resistance. Hundreds of these cranes have disappeared in recent years. Now because of this fraud, the Whooping Crane is one of many species in a steep decline from the insidious development of wind energy. If the public wanted to get to the bottom of all this in a hurry, at least a million dollar reward should be posted for information about these endangered species being found dead at wind farms. Wind industry personnel, even with their gag orders, would start talking.

Then at last, we can finally put this terrible corporate lie to rest and move forward, because the mass killing propeller style wind turbine, is really a monster cloaked in “Green” propaganda.

Wind Turbine Fires

September 19, 2012 by PMR (not verified), 2 years 9 weeks ago
Comment: 529

One issue I don't see mention in many arguments against wind turbines is the fact that they can be the cause of forest fires. Wind Turbine fires are very difficult to extinguish and I doubt that our fire departments have the kind of equipment needed to deal with a wind tower fire. The fires become very hot and throw hot fragments and burning oil onto the forest below. Lightning strikes are common and this danger is rarely discussed.

http://bangordailynews.com/2011/06/29/opinion/forest-fires-and-wind-turb...

 

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