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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

March 11, 2020 • Opinions, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Tri-Citians must stand up to wind turbine plan

Scout Clean Energy from Boulder, Colorado has proposed building 500-foot turbines along 24 miles of our Southern skyline in the Horse Heaven Hills. A 500-foot turbine is massive when you consider the top of the turbine blades at Nine Canyon Wind Farm in Kennewick are only 350 feet. The Space Needle and the Gateway Arch are roughly as tall as these proposed turbines. I am opposed to this project. I will not support another wind project in Eastern Washington until . . . Complete story »

February 4, 2020 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

500-foot turbines would stretch over 24 miles near Tri-Cities under this plan

A wind farm along 24 miles of the ridgeline of the Horse Heaven Hills is proposed south of the Tri-Cities. The new project is planned to include as many as 212 turbines in rows from near Jump Off Joe Butte to the southwest, with much of it south of Badger Road. It would wrap around the already operating Nine Canyon Wind Project. Scout Clean Energy, based in Boulder, Colo., could start construction on the Horse Heaven Wind Farm as early . . . Complete story »

January 21, 2020 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Documents detail harrowing attempts to save Chehalis man at wind project site

When a trench partially collapsed on a coworker at the Skookumchuck Wind Project outside of Rainier on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 9, 24-year-old Chehalis man Jonathan Stringer didn’t hesitate. He jumped in the hole with another worker and began attempting to save his buried colleague by digging out dirt and rocks with his bare hands. That’s when another collapse completely buried Stringer, prompting a harrowing ordeal during which about 25 other workers tried in frantic shifts to save him, . . . Complete story »

January 14, 2020 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Man who died in Skookumchuck Wind Farm trench collapse has been identified

Jonathan F. Stringer, 24, of Chehalis, was identified Monday as the man who died last week in a trench collapse, according to the Lewis County Coroner. The trench work was tied to the construction of the Skookumchuck Wind Farm, a 38-turbine project that is largely in Lewis County. The cause of death was mechanical asphyxiation; the manner of death was accidental, according to the coroner. A second worker was trapped in the collapse, which happened about 11 a.m. Thursday, but . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2020 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

1 killed in trench collapse at wind farm in Thurston County

One person was killed when a trench collapsed Thursday at a wind farm in Thurston County. According to the sheriff’s office, two employees were working at the Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project when a trench collapsed on top of them. Crews rescued one person who was partially buried. The other person was completely covered and died. Authorities said the trench was being built near a logging road. The project is slated to add wind turbines to the wind farm. No further . . . Complete story »

October 2, 2019 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Walla Walla’s living bat heroes

Issues bats face are the removal of old trees and native and riparian vegetation — affecting bats’ need for daytime roosts and places to forage. Pesticides also harm them. Wind turbines kill migrating bat species (more than birds). Bats only have one young a year, so populations are easily affected by deaths. Denny reports that bats were once common around Walla Walla Valley, and sightings are now scarce since the advent of wind farms. Complete story »

September 22, 2019 • Oregon, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Hoary bat numbers decline amid wind turbine expansion

Bats are facing multiple threats in the Pacific Northwest as both white-nose syndrome and wind turbines are threatening to decimate their population numbers, according to a study by Oregon State University—Cascades. The hoary bat – which does not hibernate but instead migrates south for the winter – faces an uncertain future because its numbers have declined at a rate of 2% per year, according to Tom Rodhouse, one of the authors of the study. The cause of the hoary bat decline is . . . Complete story »

August 5, 2019 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm ‘repowering,’ tax credits bring big blades back to Port of Longview

An industry movement to “repower” wind farms to capture tax credits is bringing back a previously dormant cargo source to the Port of Longview. However, the flurry of activity may blow out with the end of one tax incentive in 2020. The port first started handling wind cargo, which includes turbine blades and engine parts, around 2006 amidst the “original wind energy surge,” port officials said in a news release. According to the port’s wind tonnage record, an average of . . . Complete story »

July 24, 2019 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Juniper Fire

On Saturday afternoon, fire engulfed a wind turbine south of Bickleton. Melted sections of the turbine fell to the ground surface, igniting a grass, brush, and juniper tree fire. The Juniper Fire started on Saturday July 21, 2019. The fire grew quickly and was mostly burning in the Pine Creek Drainage area south of Bickleton. The Southeast Washington Interagency Type 3 Incident Management Team 2 assumed command over the fire at 6 a.m. on Sunday. There were approximately 201 people . . . Complete story »

July 22, 2019 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Juniper Fire burning in Klickitat County

A level three evacuation is in place for three houses near where the Juniper Fire in Klickitat County is burning. The fire is currently burning in grass, sagebrush and timber. It started burning around 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. This fire is estimated at 500 acres and growing. It is threatening homes, crops, and infrastructure. The fire cause is under investigation. Crews will be working toward a 100′ containment line around the fire, and aggressively working on burning areas. Just before . . . Complete story »

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