“Wind Turbines:  Unsafe at any distance”

March 30, 2017

Letter to the Editor_Banner

Dear Editor:
Last December, one of the turbines at the Stoney Corners wind facility burst into flames and was completely destroyed. Black smoke darkened the sky and heavy winds spread ash and burning particles on fields and properties nearby. For days the acrid odor of smoldering composites lingered in the air and seeped into my home along with several other homes in the area of the fire.
By the next day, what was left of the turbine was hauled off and some of the contaminated top soil was bulldozed into a pile where it still sits, three months later. What assurance is there that contaminates from the burned turbine are not filtering into the groundwater below?
Heritage Sustainable Energy, who owns the project, told the local press that turbine fires have never happened before in McBain. That may be so, but as a wind developer, Heritage is well aware that fire is the second largest cause of turbine failure worldwide and the problem is growing. Heritage touts wind power as clean and emission free but no one ever mentions the toxic pollutants released when the blades and other parts of the nacelle are ignited or the hazards of inhaling the gas and particles emitted by the fire.
“More than ten of the 28 Heritage turbines are sited within two miles of my home with the closest just 1700 feet away.”  Back in 2008 when I agreed to sign a contract with Heritage, something I deeply regret, no one informed me of the dangers of living so close to the spinning towers. I can tell you first hand that wind turbines are not safe for humans, animals, birds of all sorts, the environment, or your electric bill. They are Not Green, Not Clean and Not Cheap.
If the state and its legislators continue to blindly insist that wind turbines are safe, they should advocate projects be sited on State and Federal land away from communities where they pollute our countryside and put people and property at risk. 
There are alternatives to wind power that do not carry the same dangers and that are safer for humans, animals, birds and our countryside. Be warned and say “no” to wind power in your community.
Dianne Ziegler

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6 Responses to “Wind Turbines:  Unsafe at any distance”

  1. Sharlene Pluger Reply

    April 16, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    I would like to respond to the above letter to the editor. My first thought after reading the letter is, if someone doesn’t like the turbines, please, feel free to leave the area and go where there is no chance of any kind of pollution, contamination or danger. Of course, that might mean an uninhabited island somewhere or the very far borders of Alaska or Canada.
    In today’s world and with all of today’s technology, vehicles and chemicals in everything from clothing to food, I would think a person would be safer on an island by them self or out in the wilds like “grizzly Adams.”
    Honestly, just walking out your door every day is hazardous and dangerous in these times.
    We have just as many of the turbines around and near our house, receive nothing from them, but we know they did bring in a very large revenue for Missaukee County and no one is nor has complained about that.
    In the years since the turbines have been in place we have not yet seen any evidence of harm to birds or any other creatures. We have seen herds of Deer spending the night at the base of them with no harm done.
    So, long story short, I wish we all could and would try to solve more important issues like homelessness and hunger.

    • Betsee Reply

      April 17, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Why should we leave our home for a few greedy landowners that surround us?
      Maybe you would uproot your life but not everyone is like that
      Maybe you dont care that these monsters kill the wildlife but not everyone feels that way
      Maybe you would like to have a monster in your back yard to power NYC but not everyone is like that😠

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  3. Joseph Olson Reply

    April 10, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2013 reports….US wind turbines kill….

    880,000 bats and 573,000 birds annually….

    Where are Audubon Society and Sierra Club ?

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