The day started out with the three of us (and Bob!), deciding we would take a crop tour of “wind farms” under construction … our community under destruction. I was told by my two Partners In Justice that we would would not ‘engage’ with those who working there. That’s a tall order, that none of us entirely lived up to. We tried. But whatever blasts we gave were well deserved.
First stop: NextEra’s Bornish/Adelaide/Jericho/Cedar Point substation. This is a massive substation that will feed ~220 wind turbines in the area. It has a little problem though. It’s 187m from another bald eagle nest that they missed. They are really good at missing eagle nests. Even so, that has never stopped NexTerror! Full steam ahead on construction!
After that first stop, we traveled a mile or so up the road to the Bornish Wind project’s massive laydown area. They’ve had this place up and running (or trampled) for a month or so. And the strange thing was, like the substation area, there was no sign identifying the site, no sign saying sweet things like “no trespassing” or “wear a hard hat and steel toed boots”, that kind of stuff. Nothing. But we didn’t say anything – hey we aren’t the Ministry of Labour! The men of course pointed out we were ‘breaking the law’ (hmmm, which one…) and we carried on in. After all, we were just taking pictures…
A police officer arrived… one who knew us from previous ….protests (it’s been a long 4-5 years). But again, we weren’t breaking any laws. Free to go, he said. It occurred to me that the wind developers just called the authorities in on themselves, as THEY were the ones who didn’t have their signs up! Off we went. Wow, two more cruisers just pulled in. Do we each get one? Or are they for NextEra?
On our way to lunch we saw this new “country lane”, one of 45 for the Bornish Wind Project. Our photo shoots involve the danger of get sucked in by mud alive.
Then we said, ya know, there are 3 wind projects under construction here, let’s go visit the other two. We passed the previous stops on our way, and saw they had quickly found some signs to post. So on down to Nexterror’s Adelaide laydown area (actually I don’t know what this area is, I was sure there was only to be a turbine in this location, and the laydown area was further down the road, on the other side, oh well, a little change here and there, eh?!). Now, do you think THEY had construction signs posted, you know… got the memo – it is the same company after all… nope. They told us there was actually a pretend gate at the entrance, which we amazingly managed to just — walk through!
It’s a strange feeling being on a huge gravel pad, that used to be a producing field weeks before. Anyway, we were way too threatening in appearance, or at least our silence was threatening, or something was. So the boss guys came to the brilliant conclusion that the only way to deal with 3 women at a work site taking pictures was to again, Call the Authorities. As he was on the phone complaining to them about “three protesters taking pictures’ that ‘didn’t have hard hats on’, I made sure to yell, “It’s not like you have any damn SIGNS up!”… to which he mumbled into the phone, “yeah, we don’t have those up yet….”. And away we went. It would take way to long to wait for that poor policeman to come down again, for nothing.
Last stop was just up the road to the transmission lines of the newly approved WPD Napier project. They’ve been cutting trees to string these new trans lines up for the last couple of weeks. I watch this out my window. It’s one of those things that really hurt. What I also see out my window are the beautiful young pin oaks that I planted with my brother along the ditch, 17 years ago, when the County cut down all the trees that were in the way of a new ditch. We, the people on our road, fought to have these trees replaced. And we won; and planted, watered and trimmed the trees for many years. Now I watch “green energy” remove the remaining large trees, for 2 bloody turbines.