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Pattern Energys wind field in Ocotillo, California — A case study in environmental devastation

According to Ocotillo Wind Turbine Destruction site, the Pattern Energy industrial wind field has had one problem after another, leaving behind an environmental nightmare for the towns residents to deal with.   Not to mention that there isn’t much wind to ever keep these things moving as evidenced by the videos posted on Quixotes earlier.  So what was the purpose behind all of this destruction?  What has it gained in terms of helping the planet?

Share this story of the town of Ocotillo with your pro-wind environmentalist friends and ask them….how they feel about ‘saving the planet’ today??

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Ocotillo has been surrounded on all sides by these industrial blights which have permanently destroyed the view in every direction…

View from west to east toward El Centro

View from west to east toward El Centro

Southwest view to In Ko Pah Mountain Range. Interstate I-8 on left. 14 Turbines of the 112 total. Note: 262 Ft. to nacelle, blades of 173 ft. long. Blades reach 449 ft. high.

Southwest view to In Ko Pah Mountain Range. Interstate I-8 on left. 14 Turbines of the 112 total. Note: 262 Ft. to nacelle, blades of 173 ft. long. Blades reach 449 ft. high.

112 industrial turbines as far as the eye can see.  The view nicely broken up by a plethora of access roads.

112 industrial turbines as far as the eye can see. The view nicely broken up by a plethora of access roads.

The destruction of the view is the least of their concerns as this tiny town is also dealing with these issues:

Decimation of local flora:

New access road through the Ocotillo Forest. Thousands of Ocotillo's destroyed

New access road through the Ocotillo Forest. Thousands of Ocotillo’s destroyed

Foundation hole for Turbine site 169 

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Notice that the foundations will directly impact the towns water supply

Oil leaks:

Turbine 91 during oil leak clean up. There appears to be an oil leak problem on many of the turbines. The town is very concerned as their drinking water is located below these things.  The drinking water comes from a federally protected aquifer, well, it used to be protected anyway...

Turbine 91 during oil leak clean up. There appears to be an oil leak problem on many of the turbines. The town is very concerned as their drinking water is located below these things. The drinking water comes from a federally protected aquifer, well, it used to be protected anyway…

Dust bowl conditions:

Dust.....

Dust…..

Dust....

Dust….

And more dust...The dust will never end...42 miles of new access roads over 84 miles of huge swaths of land clearing for electrical collection lines , some up to 76' wide

And more dust…The dust will never end…42 miles of new access roads over 84 miles of huge swaths of land clearing for electrical collection lines , some up to 76′ wide

The addition of all of these access roads has disrupted the natural drainage for the area.  Flash floods have now become a problem as well.

Foaming water:

After it rains now in Ocotillo, the ground is left covered by a strange foam that no one can identify.  This didn’t happen prior to the wind turbines going up.
Entrance access road to T-153

Entrance access road to T-153

Close up look at the foam after a rain storm.

Close up look at the foam after a rain storm.

What is it?  And how will it affect the towns drinking water supply?  Or the areas flora and fauna?

What is it? And how will it affect the towns drinking water supply? Or the areas flora and fauna?

Zoom in look at the foam.  Would you be concerned about your family's health?

Zoom in look at the foam. Would you be concerned about your family’s health?

One of the joys of childhood is being able to play outside in the rain.  Who in their right mind would allow their children to do that, not knowing whether this foam is coming from the rain, the air, the turbines, or the ground?  Great way to enjoy the beauty of living in the desert….being cooped up inside  your home all the time, not knowing if a mega-ton blade is suddenly going to come crashing down on you, or if your child is going to become ill from whatever is causing this foam to appear.

Blade Throws:

Not only do they have to be concerned about their water supply, but now add blade throws into the mix.  No more family nature hikes through the desert for this town.   Is it even safe to be outside at all as we know when a blade gets thrown, the debris from 400 feet above ground can travel a great distance?
Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility, thrown blade from a Siemens 2.3-108 turbine. All Siemens 2.3-108 turbines shut down globally.

Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility, thrown blade from a Siemens 2.3-108 turbine. All Siemens 2.3-108 turbines shut down globally.

Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility, thrown blade from a Siemens 2.3-108 turbine. All Siemens 2.3-108 turbines shut down globally.   This is a huge safety issue.  These turbines should be removed, they are too close to the town of Ocotillo..

Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility, thrown blade from a Siemens 2.3-108 turbine.
This is a huge safety issue. These turbines should be removed, they are too close to the town of Ocotillo..

Ocotillo now has a You Tube site that you can visit to see some of their videos.

Click here:  The Save Ocotillo You Tube site

You can bet, that if these environmental issues are happening in Ocotillo, they’re happening in other industrial wind fields around the world.

How many decades or centuries will it take us to clean up after these destructive wind facilities….after the subsidies are gone, after the wind developers are gone, after the wind industry is just a horrible painful memory for our future generations?

September 9, 2013 — UPDATE:  See latest article about the havoc put upon the town of Ocotillo, by Pattern Wind Energy, here…..

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4 Comments on “Pattern Energys wind field in Ocotillo, California — A case study in environmental devastation”

  1. andreasmarciniak September 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    There is no safe distance for wind Turbines, NOT GREEN, NOT CHEAP, NOT RELIABLE, and come with a very BAD side EFFECT on people and the ENVIRONMENT. there is Nothing GREEN about TURBINES. SAY NO TO WIND TURBINES.

  2. Bill Fortune February 18, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    California needs to cover the State with turbines and solar panels before they “get it”. There’s no stopping them because the U.S. taxpayer gives them so much money through the 31 or 32 military bases in CA.
    People don’t learn nothing by preaching to them. They have to learn through their mistakes.

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