Officials Believe Lightning Strike Destroyed Wind Turbine; “there was little his firefighters could do to put the fire out.”

By B.N. Frank

Opposition to wind turbines and farms is likely to increase in the U.S. and worldwide until significant biological, environmental, and safety issues associated with them are eliminated (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11), including fires.

From Wind-Watch:

Wind turbine disintegrates in Texas after a lightning strike

Credit:  By Andrew Wulfeck, FOX Weather | New York Post | July 23, 2022 | ~~

CROWELL, Texas – A North Texas wind farm is one turbine down thanks to what officials believe was a devastating lightning strike to one of the massive structures on Friday afternoon.

Videos from witnesses and firefighters showed the wind turbine generator ablaze and disintegrate in the sky over Crowell, Texas.

Doppler radar indicated there were plenty of lightning strikes around the Foard City wind facility before firefighters received the call about the high-altitude fire.

Crews with the Crowell Volunteer Fire Department responded, but Fire Chief Perry Shaw said there was little his firefighters could do to put the fire out.

“We’re not equipped to handle that kind of fire. Nobody in the area really is to speak of,” Shaw said.

The fire chief estimated there were 800 gallons of oil in the gearbox and around 1,300 gallons of mineral oil in the ground-level transformer, which caused the smoke to appear dark black in the sky.

The facility’s operator, Innergex Renewable Energy, said all personnel at the more than 31,000-acre complex are safe, and the fire only impacted one of its energy turbines.

The Foard City wind farm has around 139 GE turbines and was commissioned in September 2019.

Shaw said he has seen plenty of videos of turbine fires, but this is the first time he recalled an incident involving one in Crowell.

“We’ve done training with the wind farm company, and they are not safe to approach during that scenario. There weren’t any people in danger of being hurt, so we let the fire do what it is going to do,” Shaw said.

Texas produces more power from wind than any other state, and the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports the Lone Star State is home to more than 13,000 turbines.

Source:  By Andrew Wulfeck, FOX Weather | New York Post | July 23, 2022 |

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Despite known risks associated with wind farms, last month the Biden Administration and administrations in 11 states formed a federal-state offshore wind partnership (which will also require billions in funding), and this has environmentalists and other Americans very concerned.  At least wind turbines installed in the ocean that catch fire may be easier to extinguish.

Activist Post reports regularly about wind power and unsafe technology.  For more information, visit our archives.

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1 Comment on "Officials Believe Lightning Strike Destroyed Wind Turbine; “there was little his firefighters could do to put the fire out.”"

  1. The US has about 70,000 wind turbines and over the past 20 years, there have been 100 deaths associated, 2/3 being maintenance workers (mostly falling. Compare to fossil fuels which kill 13 million a year globally, or coal which in the US kills 13,000 each year.

    As for birds: “Estimates of up to a million or more birds a year are killed by turbines in the US but that is far exceeded by collisions with communications towers (6.5 million); power lines, (25 million); windows (up to 1 billion); and cats (1.3 to 4.0 billion) and those lost due to habitat loss, pollution and climate change: if we want to save birds’ lives, we must take down all buildings.

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