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February 20, 2014

Feb. 20, 2014: Letters to the editor

Blade failures are more prevalent

On today’s front page story [Feb. 19], E.ON indicated wind turbine blade failures are a rare occurrence. This may not be completely true. A Google search for “wind turbine blade failures” returned more than a million hits.

There are a tremendous number of news articles from every country in the world about wind turbine failures. Too many to be ignored.

A dark side of the wind industry many media outlets have failed to report on is the thousands of documented cases of serious accidents. These include numerous documented cases of turbines falling over, blades flying off, injuries to workers and the public, and at least 99 reported fatal accidents. Of the deaths, 67 were wind industry and direct-support workers or small turbine operators, and 32 were public fatalities.

According to the Caithness Windfarm Information Forum, as more wind farms are built, more failures occur. The forum notes that of the average 104 turbine incidents each year, by far the biggest number are related to blade failure resulting in either whole blades or pieces of blades being thrown from the turbine. A total of 208 separate blade failure incidents have been reported up to June 2011.

Russell Turk

Sharpsville

‘Commissioners can’t do simple duties’

I was at last Monday’s Tipton County commissioners meeting and heard the statements being made about how to pay for those RDC (Redevelopment Commission) members’ bonds. But what the public doesn’t know is that Mr. Heron asked citizen Bob Edinger, who served on the RDC in 2012, what he thought about using certain money to pay for the members’ bonds.

Bob said the issue had come up before and it had been determined that $10,000 couldn’t be used to do that. Mr. Edinger’s answer was the right answer, but the commissioners completely ignored it.

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