Tory MPP reported parts flying off wind turbines, company says it has dealt with problem

wind-turbinesjpg.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxThe sky is falling in Varna, Ont.

According to a Huron-Bruce Tory MPP of Municipality of Bluewater, parts are falling off wind turbines, especially around Varna, a whistle stop south of Goderich on Lake Huron.

“Reported to be falling off are sensors off the blades. The adhesive that hold the sensors to the blades is letting go. That’s my understanding,” Progressive Conservative’s Lisa Thompson told reporters after urging the Liberal government in the legislature to inspect the turbines.

Thompson said the threat of falling debris is of such concern that the owners of the wind farm, NextEra Energy Canada, are urging farmers to stay back 300 metres until a company technician slows down the blades in order to avoid any problems.

Thompson noted that Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, has previously stated that the only thing to worry about wind turbines is direct impact — “well, the fact of the matter is there are direct impacts happening now,” added Thompson.

The Tory MPP said while no one appears to have been struck by a falling sensor, farmers harvesting crops have been told to avoid them.

“It is a personal safety issue,” she said.

Environment Minister Glen Murray said, if an inspection is done, that he would share the results with Thompson.

By: Richard J. Brennan Provincial Politics, Published on Tue Oct 20 2015


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