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Wind turbine's collapse could be bitter blow  

An inquiry has been launched after Cumbria’s oldest wind turbine collapsed. It is thought to be the first such incident in the 29-year history of harnessing wind energy in the UK.

The Health and Safety Executive has been notified of the incident, which has prompted safety fears from Cumbrian anti-windfarm campaigners.

Investigations are under way to determine what caused the 100-ft steel structure near, Hesket Newmarket, to crash to the ground.

The turbine, 11 tonnes, has been helping to produce energy to power J Stobart & Sons animal feed mill, at Newlands, for the last 19 years.

The collapse is likely to spark interest among windfarm campaigners and the renewable energy industry because many turbines are supposed have a lifespan of 25 years.

The Whitehaven News

10 January 2008

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