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The Parry Sound 33 forest fire began at a massive wind farm construction site on the northeastern shore of Georgian Bay on July 18. The blaze burned out of control until late August. The forest was tinder dry. With no rain in weeks, the parched grass in the undergrowth had turned to straw, prompting fire bans across northeastern Ontario.
CBC News has learned there were at least three construction-related fires at the Henvey Inlet Wind (HIW) project in the weeks leading up to Parry Sound 33, the massive wildfire that torched thousands of hectares of wilderness along the northeastern shore of Georgian Bay — a destructive path that started at the construction site on July 18.
Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is investigating whether construction crews building a major wind-turbine project on the eastern shores of Georgian Bay amidst tinder-dry conditions caused a forest fire that is now devouring more than 5,600 hectares of land. ..."They were still blasting every day, sometimes two or three shots a day," one worker said, despite the extreme fire-hazard conditions. "We've had fires start off beside blasting mats, but it still went on every day.
The city is dismantling a series of recently-erected 10-metre-high wind turbines along the Lake Ontario shoreline amid fears they could fall on beachgoers.
A Huron Wind Vestas V80 1.8MW turbine was damaged by high winds off Lake Huron north of Tiverton on May 4, 2018. A worker at a neighbouring facility captured the image of the tip of the turbine blade broken and dangling from the structure.
A single faulty blade is being blamed for a wind turbine collapse that occurred in Raleigh Township earlier this year.
TerraForm Power said 22 of its 52 turbines are back online
Vern Martin, a mechanical engineer and vice-president of Flowcare Engineering consulting company in Cambridge, Ont., believes a blade may have malfunctioned and struck the column, causing it to buckle. "That ... has actually been recorded as occurring before in some of these other failures," explained Martin.
A company in Chatham-Kent, Ont. has shut down all 51 of its wind turbines as a precaution until an investigation reveals what caused one of the turbines to collapse last Friday. The turbine in Raleigh Township, near the corner of Drake Road and the 16th Line, collapsed on itself.
The turbine that collapsed was a GE 1.5MW xle, placed in service in 2011 by US-based Invenergy as part of the 52-turbine (78 MW) Raleigh wind facility in Chatham-Kent in southwest Ontario. The project was soled to Terraform in 2015. No information has been released as to the cause of the failure.
The toppled turbine was discovered by a hunter scouting for coyotes early this morning in Harwich Township, according to The Blenheim News Tribune. The huge turbine blades and motor assembly crashed to the ground and the support structure appear to be folded in half.
No injuries were reported after a wind turbine in South Kent collapsed early this morning, causing a huge outcry of concern from the public on social media.
Kevin Elwood was one of several challengers to a decision to award a renewable-energy approval for a wind turbine project in Clearview Township. - Ian Adams/Metroland
Jakubec says this discovery is just the tip of the iceberg and wonders how many other wind farms are improperly built. He says this might be one of the biggest water scandals since the Walkerton tragedy in 2000 when seven people died after their water supply was contaminated.
If you're afraid of heights, then clinging to the side of an 80-metre wind turbine tower is likely not the job for you.
Enercon's email did not elaborate on the hub's damage. However, documents from the Labour Department regarding a subsequent stop-work order said a hub assembly was damaged in a "bearing failure" in March 2016. On Aug. 17, workers tested the turbine's lightning-protection system, which required positioning the blades so they pitched into the wind.
RCMP discovered several bullet holes in one of the transformers for the wind turbines. They say it appears the shots were possibly fired from the nearby roadway.
Lotta Schmidt said “a combination of factors” led to the collapse, but despite being asked several times to specify what those factors were she declined to elaborate. “The fact that it’s not a design or a technical issue allows us to be confident that it’s not something that can happen at other sites.
"If it's too windy, then maybe it's not the right place for it [the turbine]," said Doreen Aucoin. "Because it is close to houses and I imagine the people up the hill ... they must have been scared because it was right near to their house."