Safety Concerns

  • Debris from turbine fireIf a turbine’s brake fails, the turbine can spin freely until it disintegrates or catches fire.
  • Often turbine fires cannot be extinguished because of the height, and are left to burn themselves out. In the process, they generate toxic fumes and can scatter flaming debris over a wide area, starting secondary fires below.
  • In California, one such fire burned 68 acres, another 220 acres, and in Palm Springs several ―spot fires‖ had been generated in surrounding areas. In Hawaii, 95 acres were burned. Australia lost 80,000 acres of forests located mostly in a national park. Spain lost nearly 200 acres from one fire. A comment on a German fire mentioned that ―burning debris‖ from a turbine had traveled several hundred meters from the site. In Holland, three burning blades from a mere 270-foot tower cast a 50-foot flaming shard 220 feet from the site.
  • On October 3rd of this year Texas State Representative Susan King spoke out about the fire on her Taylor County ranch that was sparked by a wind turbine. “I’m watching a turbine on my land on fire, throwing fire balls on my property. I think it needs to be very clearly delineated: if you have property and machinery that is the source of a fire that damages someone land or uses someone’s resources who is responsible for the cost,” said King.
  • Ice Throw – During winter ice may form on turbine blades and subsequently be thrown off during operation. This is a potential safety hazard, and has led to localized shut-downs
  • Original Duxbury report from DNV/GEC in 2009 (Page 36) removed school locations from consideration because of 1) potential safety concerns related to operating equipment near areas highly frequented by the public (particularly children)” and 2) “Elevated risk the turbine may pose an “attractive nuisance”

Are these risks not relevant for golfers or recreational users of the North Hill Marsh?