I wanted to inform you and your readers about the proposed wind farm to be located on Bear River Ridge and Monument Ridge. Terra-Gen plans on installing up to 60 turbines that are 591 feet tall with non-recyclable carbon fiber blades nearly 3 times longer than the tallest building in Humboldt County. These monsters have only a 15 year life span and the amount of steel, concrete and rare earth that goes into these giants is astounding.
There will be 19 miles of underground fiber optics communications system and electrical collection system linking the turbines to each other and to a substation for distribution into the Gen-Tie line.
A 115 kiloVolt Generation tie-in line of approximately 32 miles would transport the energy generated by the wind towers and cross under the Eel River. The power generated does not benefit Humboldt County, it will be purchase by cities south of us. We are just the platform for industrial wind and all its negative impacts on our rural wilderness.
A permanent operations facility that includes related buildings and offices would be constructed on the west side of State Highway 101 at the Pepperwood/Avenue of the Giants exit. Three concrete batch plants will be created and 17 miles of new access roads will be built near pristine old growth Fir and Redwood forests, virgin forests that could soon be exposed to being easily accessed and harvested. Millions of tons of concrete will be made and poured into our backcountry. Our virgin forests will never be the same. This effects old growth Doug Fir forests and Redwood groves plus all the animals, birds, bats, bugs, reptiles and more.
Impacts are more than just to the listed aerial species, this massive industrial project is way out of scale for our needs. This affects forest and watershed restoration from Jordan Creek to Monument Ridge and east to ancient redwoods and the Eel River and beyond. Take a detour off the Pepperwood exit next time you head down the 101 and experience the pristine redwood groves and consider the impact of this massive project.
Industrial wind turbines are not a sustainable method of energy production. Locally produced, small-scale, non-corporate energy production is the way of the future. Despite decades of experience and substantial installations in Denmark, Germany, Canada and Spain, the giant turbines have not been shown to meaningfully reduce the use of natural gas, coal, and nuclear – let alone oil for transport and heating. Their ability to reduce carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change and pollutants that cause acid rain and health problems is false.
There will be a meet and greet in Petrolia on May 14 at 5:30 at the Mattole Valley Community Center with Terra-Gen to voice concerns and become more informed.
A petition can be found at…
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