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New website documents wind turbine fires  

Credit:  eastcountymagazine.org September 9, 2012 ~~

A new website, www.turbinesonfire.org, has been launched to raise public awareness about the dangers posed by wind turbines that explode into flames or are struck by lightning.

According to co-founder  Sherri Lanue with the North American Platform Against Wind, the site “acts as a red flag…to alert folks about this already looming and horrific, unregulated problem. Imagine the impact with thousands more turbines in North America.”

Approximately 190 wind turbine fires have occurred worldwide, according to data at the site, which relies largely on media reports since there is no requirement for wind turbine facility owners to report wind turbine fires to a central authority. Thus the real number is likely much higher. The Altamont Pass wind farm area, for example, has had more than 40 fires in a single year.

Many people don’t know that each wind turbine contains 200 gallons or more of flammable lubricating oil for the gears, or that they serve as giant lightning rods that actually attract lightning. 

The site proved so popular that the large volume of traffic crashed it, but it is back online with a new server.  For more information visit www.turbinesonfire.org.

Source:  eastcountymagazine.org September 9, 2012

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