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NTSB report highlights problems that could have led to deaths of four area cattlemen Unclear sectional maps and an inoperable light on top of a wind turbine are two items highlighted in an investigative report into a plane crash that killed four area cattlemen south of Highmore last year.
Backers of a wind farm will need to re-start the application process for five test towers after the Lincoln County Commission ruled that the company had applied for wrong permits.
Dakota Power Community decided to put up a meteorological tower to test the potential for wind power in the Lincoln County. The temporary tower is supposed to be the first of many and would collect data for proposed wind farm projects in the Bereseford, South Dakota area, but some folks who own land on the proposed site are looking to stop the project in its tracks.
Hubner said he's against the project for two main reasons. First, the turbines, he said, would ruin the landscape of his land to possibly drive down property values in the area. Second, the ownership of the first wind farm project, Project Beethoven, was sold to a multinational company that doesn't have the best interest of Bon Homme County in mind, Hubner said.
Winnie Peterson is president of We-Care SD, a nonprofit group that organized in opposition to the wind project. She said they don’t believe wind farms should be built in populated areas. Sioux Falls and the north Lincoln County communities continue to grow, she pointed out, and the southern part of the county is developing with more agribusiness.
The county commission could approve the permits, deny them or approve them with extra conditions. At that point, whichever side loses would be able to appeal the decision to circuit court.
Fierce opposition from neighbors shot down an Aberdeen company's attempt to gauge south Lincoln County's wind capacity for a potentially massive turbine farm last week. Critics told the county's planning and zoning board they were worried about property values, health impacts and nuisances from what could become a 500-megawatt wind project covering hundreds of square miles.
The Spearfish City Council will renew discussions about an ordinance pertaining to wind energy generation systems in early 2015, following the tabling of a proposal in 2010. Wind energy generation systems exist outside of city limits, such as this one along the Old Belle Road, and the council discussed the desire to have standards in place regarding wind energy.
Winnie Peterson is chair of the group, and she says despite the investments and promotion, this project has a long way to go. Peterson says the main concerns behind this wind farm are not only the lack of economic sustainability, but also decreased property values.
“Our organization has some serious concerns about what it would do to our community, what it does to our environment, what it does to our lifestyle, and our rural heritage...we don't believe that wind farms belong where there is a healthy growing community,” said Winnie Peterson, the president of WE-CARE (Wind Energy Concerns About Rural Environment) South Dakota.
Almost every chair was full at the Lincoln County Commission meeting. Many of the people were wearing pins protesting wind farms. Minnesota Lawyer Dan Schleck says those citizens were concerned that the state has too much power with decisions about giving land to wind energy.
“The people at We-Care who contacted me are looking for some balanced information, information that may be different from the public relations machines that get behind these projects to solicit investors and landowners,” Schleck said. “Not everything is going to be flowers and roses."
Construction of a wind farm near Tripp is being delayed at least six to eight weeks because of investors' uncertainty in the wind industry's production tax credit. ...Paul Bachman, executive director of the South Dakota Wind Energy Association, said a bill to renew the tax credit is in the Senate, but isn't expected to be acted on until after the November elections.
The crash of a small Piper aircraft destroyed in an April 27 accident when it crossed paths with the blade of a wind turbine near Highmore is only the second of its kind reported in the database. Last month’s accident is under investigation by the NTSB, a federal group that investigates all aircraft incidents.
After a fatal crash in the U.S., local pilots are again raising concerns about wind turbines near Ontario airports. Scott Miller explains.
...the wind turbines involved in the accident were never posted on the navigation charts! Roughly 40,000 utility-scale wind turbines are operating in the United States today and every project is required to be shown on the aviation charts. How many other turbines are missing from the sky maps?
The Piper PA-32R-300 aircraft had taken off from Hereford, Texas, at 5 p.m. and was headed to Highmore, according to the flight intinerary, but struck the blade of a wind turbine at a South Dakota Wind Energy farm.
"It definitely appears the airplane dropped the turbine blade in some manner. But until I can put the pieces of the wreckage together, it will be hard to say whether it was a front-on impact or if the blade came down on the plane," she said.
A small airplane heading back to South Dakota after a Texas cattle sale crashed into a wind farm in foggy weather, killing the pilot and three passengers.
...plowing into untouched grassland releases carbon dioxide that has been naturally locked in the soil. It also increases erosion and requires farmers to use fertilizers and other industrial chemicals. In turn, that destroys native plants and wipes out wildlife habitats. It appeared so damaging that scientists warned that America's corn-for-ethanol policy would fail as an anti-global warming strategy ...The Obama administration argued that would not happen. It did.