Steps taken to minimize safety concerns over ice and fire, Invenergy Canada says

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NORTH PERTH – Representatives from Invenergy Canada have responded to resident concerns over fire and ice safety concerns posed by wind turbines. James Murphy, director of business development for Invenergy Canada, answered questions from The Banner via email after a resident approached North Perth council in January about the potential of fires in wind turbines. Murphy said Invenergy operates and maintains 1,300 turbines at 23 wind farms across North America, and that the Invenergy fleet has never experienced any major turbine fires. According to Murphy, a documented emergency response plan would be in place before any turbine construction would begin in the Conestogo Wind Energy project proposed for North and East Perth.

“Local emergency units will have access to this document along with site maps to allow for easy location of work locations,” Murphy said. “Local fire departments typically do not allow their employees in a turbine; therefore, we train only Invenergy staff in this discipline.” Murphy added that Invenergy employees are trained in the use of fire extinguishers in the case of fires that can’t be suppressed by the turbine nacelle system. “The nacelle systems don’t suppress large fires, but rather they suppress fires in cabinets,” he said. “Technicians carry fire suppression equipment with them in the trucks at all times, and they carry this equipment with them on every climb up the tower.”

In the event that a wind turbine does catch fire and causes damage to neighbouring buildings or crops, Murphy said individual home owner’s insurance would cover this, the same way it would if a barn, car, house or other object caught fire and it spread. Read article

7 thoughts on “Steps taken to minimize safety concerns over ice and fire, Invenergy Canada says

  1. I love it when these idiots talk…it makes them look all the more stupid.

    “In the event that a wind turbine does catch fire and causes damage to neighbouring buildings or crops, Murphy said individual home owner’s insurance would cover this, the same way it would if a barn, car, house or other object caught fire and it spread.”

    Says who? He is guaranteeing our residential insurance covers fires caused by industrial installations that our insurance company assumes we don’t live next to?? Someone should go after him on this one!

    And…

    “Another concern expressed regarding wind turbines was the threat of ice cast from the spinning blades. Murphy said attention is paid to ice conditions during the winter season, and setbacks established by the Ministry of the Environment are followed to minimize public health risks.”

    WTF?? When the setbacks from roads and such outlined in the manufacturer recommendations are far greater than the Ontario regulations…they go with the slackest? This is easy fodder.

  2. Attention – Attention

    Calling on the mayor, council members, and the CAO to attend –
    and report on the municipal website – how ‘you’ enjoyed the ‘chocolate chip cookies’.
    Do your job!

    ‘[excerpt] Information centres for the Conestogo Wind Energy project will be open to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m. at the Perth East Recreation Centre in Milverton and Thursday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Listowel.’

    Transparency?………..Ugh!
    or more – Kabuki Theatre?

  3. Invenergy (Mr. James Murphy) Tell me what insurance company is going to take on this liability for home owner’s insurance with I.W.T.’s next door.

  4. I think these idiots just say whatever they can to diffuse the issue. The only reason Murphy is in the business is to receive a paycheque from the Liberals’ high green energy costs. Insurance companies have been making money much longer than his industry. They are in business to make money, not to pay out on claims that are preventable with due diligence, so why does he think insurance will cover ANY claims resulting from poor placement and poor management of wind turbines? Even if insurance were to pay some of the claim, the homeowner is stuck paying the deductible. And how does Murphy get off by speaking for the insurance industry – it just goes to show his level of intelligence.

  5. There is no amount of insurance money that would replace someone’s life.

    Also, “Murphy said Invenergy operates and maintains 1,300 turbines at 23 wind farms” – do you ever wonder why he calls them wind FARMS? I believe it’s one way to beat the Ontario Liberal government at their own game by being assessed as agricultural land at a much lower tax base, than ‘Industrial’ would be.

    • Why do they call them “wind farms “?

      Consider these excerpts from Wikipedia, about the area of law referred to as “Rylands v Fletcher”
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rylands_v_Fletcher

      Rylands v Fletcher [1868] was a decision by the House of Lords which established a new area of English tort law.

      leading to the development of the “Rule in Rylands v Fletcher”; that “the person who for his own purpose brings on his lands and collects and keeps there anything likely to do mischief, if it escapes, must keep it in at his peril, and if he does not do so, is prima facie answerable for all the damage which is the natural consequence of its escape”

      The House of Lords dismissed the appeal and agreed with the determination for Fletcher.[18] Lord Cairns, in speaking for the House of Lords, stated their agreement of the rule stated above by Justice Blackburn, but added a further limitation on liability, which is that the land from which the escape occurs must have been modified in a way which would be considered non-natural, unusual or inappropriate.

      Industrial wind turbines are being built on agricultural land.

      But if we were to refer to it as wind “farming” would this be considered “non-natural”?

  6. Acres and acres of prime agricultural land being destroyed to build an industrial wasteland for the have not province of Ontario. Open your eyes , Liberals !!!

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