Wind park: Turbine collapse causes concern
Public safety concerns began the first day of hearings yesterday for a proposed 99-megawatt wind park in Coos County. ...In Altona, local firefighters were able to knock down the blaze, fueled by as much as 100 gallons of oil housed within the tower, which snapped in half.
Linowes asked if the company's technicians are equipped with fire suppression equipment. She was told they are not. She also pointed to the remoteness of the proposed North Country turbines and their distance from fire departments.
March 9, 2009
by Paula Tracy
in Union Leader
CONCORD - Public safety concerns began the first day of hearings yesterday for a proposed 99-megawatt wind park in Coos County.
On Friday, a wind turbine collapsed in Altona, N.Y., and sparked a fire in a deeply forested area. The mishap is being investigated by Noble Environmental Power, parent company to Granite Reliable Power, which is proposing a wind-generation project along high-elevation ridgelines in the Great North Woods.
Lisa Linowes of Lyman, representing the group Industrial Wind Action, asked if a fire at a remote tower at 2 a.m. on a Saturday in Coos County might be detected immediately, before... [continue via Web link]