Enniskillen eyes fire suppression bylaw for wind turbines

K1 FIRE DPetrolia Independant, Heather Wright
Enniskillen Township is looking for ways to protect residents and firefighters if a wind energy project comes to the community. Two companies, Enerfin from Spain and EDF EN are considering projects in Enniskillen Township. While township council has refused to meet with the companies, Enerfin has revealed its project in Enniskillen and Brooke-Alvinston could have up to 30 turbines in the region.

Mayor Kevin Marriott recently presented three bylaws from communities in Grey and Huron Counties, which require wind energy companies to install fire suppression units in the motor of the industrial turbines. There motors, in some cases, are up to 300 feet off the ground making it impossible for local departments to fight a blaze. In Brooke-Alvinston, where there are four turbines, the municipality has made it clear to the owner that if there is a fire, the local department will not be able to help put it out.

But Marriott says the solution would be the fire suppression units. “If they are going to catch fire they should have their own self containment unit rather than expecting the local departments to do it,” he says noting the municipality simply could not afford to have the type of equipment on hand to fight the fire. Read article

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  1. Marijuana-cigarette butts (ie – roaches) and beer bottle caps were discovered at the top of wind turbines during construction of AMEC/Black & McDonald’s “Joint Venture” of AIM PowerGen’s (AKA – Mike Crawley)’s Clear Creek, Cultus & Frogmore projects (3 x 9.9 MW RESOP contracts) in Norfolk County, Ontario, circa 2007/2008.

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    “Ministry investigating incident at Lambton Shores wind farm construction site”
    Sarnia Observer – Barbara Simpson – July 22, 2015
    Safety Injury Ontario

    ‘[excerpt] Construction work has ground to a halt at a Lambton County wind farm following a worker being seriously injured on site Tuesday night.

    Construction work has ground to a halt at a Lambton County wind farm following a worker being seriously injured on site Tuesday night.

    Lambton OPP say the worker, who had to be airlifted to hospital, fell from an “elevated height” inside a wind turbine shaft located on Ravenswood Line in Lambton Shores.

    On Wednesday, Suncor spokesperson Jason Vaillant confirmed the worker – on contract through construction firm Amec, Foster & Wheeler – was working on a turbine at the Cedar Point Wind Power Project.

    The 46-turbine wind farm spans across Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township. The project is a joint partnership between Suncor and NextEra.

    “(Amec, Foster & Wheeler) has taken the lead in notifying the authorities of the incident and have suspended all non-critical construction work at the site while they undertake an investigation,” Vaillant said Wednesday.

    Ontario’s Ministry of Labour confirmed an investigation is underway into the workplace incident.

    “Each case is different, but in general terms, (an investigation) could look at how high [up the worker was], whether there were any restraints, what was needed, not needed,” ministry spokesperson Janet Deline said Wednesday. “It could encompass a whole bunch of stuff.”

    While the ministry has yet to issue any stop-work orders on the construction site as a result of the incident, Vaillant said the decision to halt construction was made to “ensure the safety of all of the workers on our site.”

    “Safety is paramount on our sites and whether it’s a wind project construction site or a refinery or our oil sands, Suncor has a core value of safety, so we take a number of steps and conversations and communications with our contractors and our employees to keep safety top of mind.”’

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