By Sue Restan and Rita Campbell, The Press and Journal – UK – published: Sept 4, 2013
FRESH fears have been raised about children’s safety after a wind turbine similar to ones installed at schools in the Highlands started to break up after being hit by a powerful gust.
Part of one of the structure’s blades was thrown about 60 yards as it disintegrated.
Worried parents believe pupils could be seriously injured or even killed if the Caithness incident was repeated at one of the 13 primaries and secondaries across the region which have their own turbines.
Original Article Here: http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/3379753/
So excited to see we are being heard, around the world! Moms are defenders of children!
September 3, 2013 – The Herald, Scotland – David Ross
CAMPAIGNERS are circulating photographs of a wind turbine losing a blade near a main road in the Highlands, and calling for a council to shut down those situated near schools .
Last year, Highland Council turned off turbines at 16 schools amid concerns they may be sited dangerously close to pupils.
But after a comprehensive risk assessment was completed, 13 were turned back on with the remaining three deemed inefficient.
Since then, none have operated in wind speeds over 100mph, even though they are considered safe at 134mph, according to the council.
But on Friday evening, during what is being described as a “not very remarkable gust of wind of around 40mph” a privately owned 25.9 metre wind turbine on Scrabster Hill, near Thurso, was badly damaged
According to local reports the turbine is about 235 yards off the A836, which runs westward from Thurso.
An observer noted that one piece of debris from the blades was thrown “70 paces, say 60 yards” from the turbine.
Lyndsey Ward, a campaigner against wind farms in the Highlands, said: “This is yet another lesson to be learnt from, but experience suggests that it will not be put to good use.”
She added Highland Council steadfastly refused to acknowledge any risk from siting small wind turbines in school playgrounds and considered that only at more than twice the wind speed which destroyed the Scrabster Hill turbine was there any need to consider action to close them down.
A Highland Council spokesman said it was concerned to learn of the damage, but was satisfied with the risk assessments it had in place. Read original article here: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/wind-turbine-blade-debris-sparks-school-safety-campaign-concerns.22035330
The incident happened in the remote townland of Loughnagurragh, between the villages of Ardara and Glenties.
GREG HARKIN – 03 SEPTEMBER 2013
A RECOVERY operation is underway after a lorry carrying €1.5m wind turbine left a rural road in Co Donegal today.
The 64-metre long turbine was being taken to a controversial wind farm at Loughderryduff to replace one which snapped and fell there in March.
The collapse of the turbine six months ago is still being investigated by the company which owns the site North West Wind Limited and the Danish makers of the turbines Vestas.
The turbines are supposed to have a lifespan of 25 years but the one which fell over during moderate weather had only been in place for just over four years.
Gardai say the road between Maas and Ardara is currently closed whilst cranes attempt to remove the lorry and its load from the field.
No-one from the wind farm company was available for comment. See Original Article Here:http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/lorry-carrying-15m-wind-turbine-crashes-in-donegal-29548073.html