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An investigation into a damaged wind turbine blade at the Eastern Kings Wind Farm is still underway, says head of external communications for the company who makes the turbines.
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.”
Environment Canada is preparing to roll out new radar technology in order to combat wind farm clutter, which clouds weather forecasts, misleads meteorologists and can even block radar signals.
“It was shut down due to safety concerns because of blades starting to wear, There were a lot of high winds with (tropical storm) Arthur. It was shortly after Arthur that we noticed that there was some damage.”
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.”
André Minville, director of Murdochville fire service received the call to 1:10 p.m. Wednesday: blazing wind park at Copper Mountain. Mr. Minville and firefighters joined the company technicians NextEra Energy on site. They set up a perimeter and waited for the fire to calm. Nobody was injured. The fire destroyed a blade and the nacelle (central portion of the wind turbine, which contains the generator).
"The crane was lifting a tower section and one of the hooks sort of let go and it hit the ground and bent a flange,'' said Wayne MacQuarrie with the P.E.I. Energy Corporation.
A 365 ton crane, which is being used on the construction of the McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm project, overturned yesterday along Green Bush Road.
Not only do the turbines make it unsafe for pilots, but that he has been told the spinning blades affect radar. "There are rules and regulations in place and the wind turbine company should be adhering to those rules and regulations,'' he said. "Do they think they are above the law? They are not and they should comply.''
This is the third accident to occur on the site of the park during the past year. The other two accidents, however, proved more tragic, with two workers who were killed in September and November 2012. According to Ms. Lemaire, it is "three separate events," no linkage between them.
An early morning fire on April 2nd destroyed the top portion of the seven-year-old turbine. The fire burned itself out in about two hours, and while fire crews attended the scene there was little they could do about a blaze 80 metres up in the air.
Brooke Williams, a spokesperson for Transport Canada, told The Daily News Monday no decision has been made on a date. She did say that on at least two occasions prior to installation of the wind turbines, Transport Canada advised the wind farm representatives that height restrictions were in effect in the area around the airport.
Wind energy developers must now have plans in place to detect and put out fires on wind turbines located in Grey Highlands. Council approved recommendations by fire chief Rod Leeson that operators of industrial wind turbines install a detection system to alert the municipal fire department and to provide plans to put out the fire in a wind turbine.
In an unprecedented move in Ontario, Transport Canada has ordered the removal of eight wind turbines in close proximity to the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport because of height restrictions. ..."While Transport Canada is willing to work with the wind turbine company to set a practical deadline, the illegal turbines must be removed,'' she said.