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Walkers had a narrow escape as blades on a wind turbine ripped off in high winds across common moor land. Walkers and local residents were stunned at what could have been a nasty accident and fear for further blade breakages.
The Ministry of Defence is fighting plans for two giant wind turbines over fears the towers could mask enemy jets entering British airspace. ..."The creation of 'false' aircraft display on the radar leads to increased workload for both controllers and aircrews and may have a significant operational impact.
The MOD say radar could classify the turbines as a threat – automatically sending in fighter jets to investigate and allowing real enemies to sneak in. They say the green energy devices would confuse computer systems designed to protect the UK – and don't want them put up.
Defence chiefs say a planned wind farm could stop the RAF from spotting enemy planes bound for Britain. The MoD says a wind farm planned for Hill of Braco, Aberdeenshire, would hurt a nearby radar station's ability to "detect threats to UK airspace".
A 90ft turbine in Aberdeenshire has fallen after being battered by 70mph gales. "It's worrying because there are so many turbines in this area. If someone had been walking by when this came down it could have been very serious."
Five neighbours of the Hyndburn Wind Farm want to build 25m (80ft) wind turbines - nearly 100m (330ft) shorter than the 12 on Oswaldtwistle Moor. ...The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said more turbines would interfere with radar at its Warton base.
Members cited the Ministry of Defence objections due to possible interference with radar at RAF Spadeadam and seismic monitoring at Eskdalemuir. They also had concerns over the visual impact the development would have.
Serious public safety concerns have been raised after the Ministry of Defence confirmed it had objected to a huge wind farm proposal because of fears it could interfere with radar. ..."It is ‘imperative' that radar returns received by Aberporth are in no way affected by anything which might materially affect the controllers' ability to warn commanders of air vehicles to enable them to discharge their responsibilities under Rule 8 (Avoiding Aerial Collisions) contained within the Air Navigation Order.
A turbine standing higher than York Minster would pose a "significant safety risk" to gliders returning to a rural airfield, planners claim. Pocklington Town Council, Hayton and Burnby parish council and the Wolds Glider Club are among objectors to plans.
"While there was no malfunction or abnormality with the turbine or tower, there was a problem with the structural grout and the manner in which the tower was fixed to the foundation that affected the durability of the anchor rods resulting in the tower collapse."
The manufacturer of a wind turbine which collapsed in north Cornwall has written to other owners over concerns about the turbine towers' construction. Scottish firm Gaia-Wind has identified a potential problem ...It has written to the owners of 15 of the same turbines to help "in checking their foundation fixing systems for reassurance".
A windfarm developer has been accused of riding roughshod over residents, who have had to endure further disruption. The latest episode happened on Monday when a vehicle delivering a turbine part became stuck for more than an hour as it was making its way to the site at Wingates.
Investigators are still searching for answers to an accident which left one man crushed to death under a wind turbine. Engineer Per Terp, 42, from Norresundby, Denmark, died when he was trapped between a crane and part of a wind turbine at Harwich Port.
The Canadian manufacturer of a large wind turbine which toppled during gales has denied the device was faulty, following an internal investigation. But the collapse in Devon last week has prompted a fresh probe by the firm into the safety of 20 identical models, including some at sites in the Westcountry.
Local resident Sheila Lawes said people in the area are concerned about the dangers if a turbine gets damaged. Another turbine was about to be erected at nearby Piper's Pool and a fresh investigation has now been launched after a second tower was said to have been toppled during high winds in North Cornwall.
Manufacturer Dulas said it did not suspect sabotage but a full investigation is underway. Bradworthy Parish Council chairman Margaret Coles said: "We know the bolts are gone but don't know what caused it." ..."I don't know how someone would sabotage them because the bolts were under the concrete.
Safety concerns have been raised over wind turbines and a fresh investigation has now been launched after a second tower was said to have been toppled during high winds in Cornwall. ...In the House of Commons yesterday, Energy Secretary Ed Davey warned wind farm operators to make sure their equipment is safe.
Apart from being ugly, noisy, expensive, inefficient, destructive to wildlife and incapable of doing the one thing that notionally they're supposed to do - "reduce CO2" - they are also BLOODY DANGEROUS.
Margaret Coles, Chairwoman of Bradworthy District Council, said hail storms and strong winds have hit the area and the turbine, installed just three years ago, simply could not withstand the wind. "The bolts on the base could not withstand the wind and as we are a very windy part of the country they [the energy company] have egg on their face," she said. "There are concerns about safety."
The turbine at East Ash Farm is currently lying flat on the ground after falling over in the early hours of Sunday morning, prompting local speculation it was caused by Saturday night’s high winds.