Articles filed under Safety from New York

Wind developers not concerned about safety

The foreign-owned companies that are rushing to put 406-foot industrial wind turbines in our beautiful Thousand Islands area are not thinking about our safety or welfare or even about helping the environment. They just want to line their pockets with your tax dollars. The industrial wind turbines are subsidized with your federal and state taxes as well as surcharges collected from your electric bill. They will not reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil since we do not use much oil to make electricity. ...The towns of Clayton and Orleans said that it's OK to put a 406-foot industrial wind turbine 500 feet from your property line or 1,250 feet from your home. That is too close for our health and safety.
6 May 2008

Helicopter flips on landing, 4 suffer minor injuries

Four people suffered minor injuries Tuesday when their private helicopter crashed trying to land in snowy, foggy conditions near a wind farm in central New York, state police said. ...Simpson said the men were in the area inspecting land they owned and were preparing to return to Syracuse when the weather turned bad and they found themselves in a snow squall and low clouds. "They had zero visibility but they knew from their GPS that they were near those big towers," Simpson said. The pilot, Zachariah Bowers, 51, of Jacksonville, Fla., decided to land the helicopter in a farm field.
15 Jan 2008

Gear problems shut down windmills in Lackawanna

The windmills — officially called “Liberty 2.5 Megawatt wind turbines” — are the first of their kind to be used commercially. They brought national attention to Lackawanna for its creative reuse of an abandoned industrial site. The state-of-the-art turbines are so new that ClipperWind had anticipated a need for some tweaking here and there. But resolving the problem has been more difficult than expected. “This one’s a pain because you need a big crane,” acknowledged Bob Gates, ClipperWind senior vice president. The work is expected to take several months, Gates said. ...While the gear boxes are being replaced, Gates said a reinforcing bond will be applied to the fiberglass blades to prevent any major damage from tiny cracks that have developed on some.
13 Dec 2007

Wind Turbine Blade Update

It's one of the most visible sights in Madison County; one of the blades on the Fenner Wind Turbines broke in mid-November, and is still not fixed. ...They still don't know, what caused the blade to break; they say that this has happened at Fenner before, and hope to find out why once they're able to remove the blade.
7 Dec 2007

Fire and wind key in Enfield elections

John Rancich's proposed wind farm and set-back requirements have become issues of public interest at several town board and planning board meetings ...The wind debate in Enfield has primarily centered on the distance wind towers are set back from property lines. "I don't think it's proper to have windmills right on property lines," Fisher said. "I think there should be sufficient set backs for safety reasons."
29 Oct 2007

Falling test towers leave residents concerned

A subject voiced at the March 8 Fairfield Town Council meeting was that a wind test tower located off Davis Road was beginning to fall apart, according to Jim Salamone, a resident living close by. He said he voiced his concerns at the meeting to Town Supervisor Frank Matthews and Codes Enforcement Officer Frank Ceneviva, because he was worried that the area's many children might get curious and investigate the situation. He said he was told that the tower, put up as recently as January, would be inspected by the company that owns it, and others in its vicinity would also be looked at. He said he was also informed that no one should be in the area that the test towers are in.
6 Apr 2007

Toppled turbine raises concerns- Critics of plans to put wind farm in Adirondacks call for reconsideration

DRESDEN -- Hikers on Black Mountain reached the fire tower at the summit earlier this month to find a 60-foot wind turbine lying in the snow. Justin Kerner of Clifton Park said it looked like a tree fell on one of the wires that secured the tower and then the turbine fell over. The State Police own the turbine. Spokeswoman Maureen Tuffey said it fell because a guy wire gave way when a bolt sheered off. She said it might be spring before the turbine is fixed.
20 Dec 2006

Powerful Wind Storm Damages Wind Turbine

(Pavilion, NY, December 4, 2006) - - Recent gusts were powerful enough to break off the blades of a wind turbine in Genesee County. News 4's Al Vaughters reports the property owner is still picking up the pieces in Pavilion. Steve Rigoni said, "Well, the blade has got to come from Minnesota, so it'll be four or five days before they get here." This is all that's left of Steve Rigoni's wind turbine: three busted-up fiberglass blades and a 140-foot tower. The turbine has been blowing away Steve's electric bills, but Friday's wind storm was just too much.
4 Dec 2006

Powerful Wind Storm Damages Wind Turbine

Recent gusts were powerful enough to break off the blades of a wind turbine in Genesee County. News 4's Al Vaughters reports the property owner is still picking up the pieces in Pavilion. Steve Rigoni said, "Well, the blade has got to come from Minnesota, so it'll be four or five days before they get here." This is all that's left of Steve Rigoni's wind turbine: three busted-up fiberglass blades and a 140-foot tower.
4 Dec 2006

Toppled turbine raises concerns

Hikers on Black Mountain reached the fire tower at the summit earlier this month to find a 60-foot wind turbine lying in the snow. Justin Kerner of Clifton Park said it looked like a tree fell on one of the wires that secured the tower and then the turbine fell over. The State Police own the turbine. Spokeswoman Maureen Tuffey said it fell because a guy wire gave way when a bolt sheered off. She said it might be spring before the turbine is fixed. Black Mountain is in Washington County and the view from the top takes in Lake George and mountains in New York and Vermont.
20 Nov 2006

Report details wind turbines’ risk

Clusters of high-standing wind turbines similar to one proposed off the South Shore could pose security risks by compromising radar systems for missile-defense and air-traffic control systems, a recent U.S. Department of Defense report concluded. The study, prepared at Congress’ request, draws on previous reviews of the effects of wind farms by the British Ministry of Defense, which found the turbines can have “a significant impact on the operational capabilities of military air defense radar systems,” as well as a U.S. Defense Department review at a turbine field in upstate Fenner, N.Y., in April and May.
31 Oct 2006

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