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NextEra Energy acknowledged Wednesday that it shut down some of its Ontario turbines and warned landowners after it was discovered a part on spinning blades could fly off. NextEra said the potential problem was with "a small thin plastic attachment" on the turbine blades that could separate while in operation.
Tory environment critic Lisa Thompson says farmers in Bluewater near Sarnia are being advised not to harvest crops near the giant turbines until they notify the wind farm owners so the blades can be slowed down.
"Based on the information reviewed, it appears there would likely be an operational impact on both the Collingwood and Stayner aerodromes,” wrote Joseph Szwalek, regional director of civil aviation, for the Ontario Region of Transport Canada ...it should be noted that mitigation can result in a decrease in the usability of the Collingwood and Stayner aerodromes."
Bluewater council has asked staff to look into reports that parts of wind turbines are falling off of the blades.
Another worker has been injured during construction of the 46-turbine Cedar Point wind project being built in Lambton County for Suncor and NextEra. ...It is the second time this summer a worker on the construction project has been injured and taken to hospital.
Jodie Bird, another NextEra spokesperson, recently spoke with the Sarnia Observer said one of the turbine's 50-meter-long blades "snapped" during a storm, and Bird initially suggested lightning might be to blame for the damage.
Lightning is the likely culprit after a wind turbine blade snapped amid a storm late Sunday into early Monday, near Grand Bend, a NextEra spokesperson says. One of the towering turbine's three 50-meter-long blades was dangling Tuesday.
An anti-wind turbine group was circulating a photo of a turbine in the Grand Bend area, possibly damaged by Sunday’s severe thunderstorms.
Construction work has ground to a halt at a Lambton County wind farm following a worker being seriously injured on site Tuesday night.
Mayor Kevin Marriott recently presented three bylaws from communities in Grey and Huron Counties, which require wind energy companies to install fire suppression units in the motor of the industrial turbines. There motors, in some cases, are up to 300 feet off the ground making it impossible for local departments to fight a blaze.
Local resident David Cofell found this piece from a wind turbine blade in his field after it flew off from a nearby turbine. The provincial Ministry of Energy will launch an investigation into reports that an 18-inch chunk of a wind turbine blade came loose and flew some 400 feet before landing in a field in the former Howard Twp.
An 18-inch piece of the serrated edge of a wind turbine blade broke off and was thrown at least 400 feet from the turbine sited in Ontario, Canada. The saw-toothed edges are meant to reduce noise from the turbines and improve the efficiency of the machine. More information can be found here.
Work stopped immediately at the site and hadn't resumed Thursday while a company investigation heard from all workers involved. The company is co-operating with the Ministry of Labour, Sheehan said in a follow-up e-mail. Construction on the 270 megawatt project involving 140 wind turbines began in July.
The developer of the Gunn’s Hill wind farm near Woodstock, Canada’s civil air navigation service provider states all 10 of the planned turbines are visible to the London radar and four are visible to the Hamilton radar. The impact, NAV Canada says in the letter, includes “a decrease in flight safety for aircraft operating in the area, especially in adverse weather conditions.”
Transport Canada recently issued an order forcing the removal of eight turbines near Chatham-Kent’s airport. And Collingwood airport is fighting a plan to place massive turbines close to its runway.
After a fatal crash in the U.S., local pilots are again raising concerns about wind turbines near Ontario airports. Scott Miller explains.
Trent Gervais says the proposed turbine -- part of a five-turbine project in the area -- is on one of the airport's landing approaches and, if built as proposed, would prevent the airport's ability to meet its future needs.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is investigating how a massive wind turbine fell from a truck Tuesday. Part of a wind turbine's base fell from the transport truck on County Road 42.
The couple's most immediate concerns relate to the installation of distribution lines near a known gas well. “This is where the danger lies,” said Fairfield. “This case has reached a point where the health and safety of a very densely populated rural area of West Lincoln and Hamilton is threatened if no immediate action is taken.”
“Gunshots have been heard on a number of occasions since just prior to the opening of hunting season,” Dallas said in an email. “Recently shots were heard on Friday afternoon and Sunday morning.” While no one has been injured, Dallas said, there have been “several close calls.”