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Pattern Energy — A model example of the corruption and lies put forth by the wind industry

(Donnas Notes: Time and time and time again, we read of instances where wind energy companies not only lie about their product, but manipulate the data, spin the truth and ultimately leave ruin and destruction in their wind turbines paths.  When is this industry going to be held to the same standards of truth that every other business in the world is compelled to do through all sorts of consumer protection and safety laws?  When was it decided to give these sharks a free pass on every misdeed they do?   112 industrial wind turbines surround the little town of Ocotillo, California.  Imagine living with this nightmare.)

Ocotillo Residents Complain of Turbine Noise Similar to “Jet Engines” 

Miriam Rafferty — East County Magazine — August 13, 2013

When Pattern Energy presented its proposed Ocotillo Express Wind Facility project to Imperial County Supervisors, the company promised that massive industrial wind turbines would be no louder than a refrigerator or a library.   But now residents are complaining that noise levels are far louder—and they’ve provided a video to bolster their claim….

…  On August 7, with many turbines still off-line due to safety issues after a blade fell off,  ECM photojournalist and Ocotillo resident Jim Pelley took the following video to show the high noise levels to which area residents were being subjected:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF8eMvb4570&feature=youtu.be  Since then, the problem had gotten even worse, residents say, with more turbines now back online.

Today, Parke Ewing sent a letter of complaint to Imperial County Supervisors and the federal Bureau of Land Management, since the project is located on federal BLM public land….

“As most people are aware the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility is coming back on-line after the blade throw on May 16, 2013.  It appears that ten (10) blades will have been replaced and all other blades have had a field fix/repair.  My property is located .51 miles from turbine 176 that has come back on-line today,” Ewing wrote.

He added, “The irritating swashing and jet engine noise has returned.  Turbine 169 came back on-line last week and it is the second closest turbine to my home.  These two turbines and occasionally others coupled together generate much more than electricity, they also generate noise and the decibel noise level may not be the problem.  Whatever the noise is called it is too much, whether it be decibels, irritability or just plain annoyance.  The noise is unbearable and nobody living in Imperial County should be forced to live with this noise.  I’ve been complaining about the noise since the turbines came on line last December.  The noise data provided in the Ocotillo Wind EIR/EIS is obviously incorrect and the effects of the noise to humans is inaccurate. Please, something needs to be done to curtail the noise.” ….

….  Numerous complaints of Dust Bowl conditions created by the projects construction were filed by residents, as well as complaints that Pattern diverted natural drainage and flooded the town of Ocotillo with a flammable chemical used for dust suppression (after penalties were imposed by regulators for dust mitigation violations).  The chemical washed up onto residential yards where children play and coated streets in residential neighborhoods, even as a wildfire encroached on a mountain behind the town.

The project also faced objections from environmentalists and Native American tribes.  Five lawsuits over the controversial project remain in court.  In addition, the California Native American Heritage Commission ruled that the BLM and Pattern Energy erred in building the project atop sacred sites including ancient burial grounds  ….

…  In addition, the project has fallen far short on power production levels promised by Pattern Energy to win federal subsidies. During the first two three-month reporting periods since the project went online in December, it has produced between 14 and 17 percent of capacity–nowhere near enough to power the 130,000 homes that Pattern originally claimed.  Residents have long predicted this would happen, citing the area’s historically low winds.  Pattern reportedly put up wind testing towers for three years, but submitted less than one year of data to the federal government, cherry-picking only the windiest months to inflate the average wind speeds claimed.  Read full article, here…..

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3 Comments on “Pattern Energy — A model example of the corruption and lies put forth by the wind industry”

  1. mariannekidd August 15, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Reblogged this on Mothers Against Wind Turbines and commented:
    Well said…

  2. cornwallwindwatch August 16, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch.


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