On the back foot around the globe, the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers keep trying to convince the chattering classes that country people just can’t wait to snuggle up next to a cuddly bunch of Vestas V112s (see our post here).
The pitch is that life for rural communities just isn’t complete without a fleet of blade-chucking, pyrotechnic, sonic-torture devices. And that country folks’ currently miserable, downtrodden lives can only improve with the addition of a few hundred whirling, bat-chomping, bird slicing wonders.
The problem is, as with most wind industry bunkum, the facts soon separate from the myth. Notwithstanding their spin-masters’ wild claims about everybody simply “loving wind turbines to bits”, the truth is that there are plenty of wind farm victims who are keen to see them end up in bits; lots of little bits.
Just how keen was shown by two stories, from earlier this year, about turbines being shot-up in Montana, USA; and at Waubra in Victoria, covered here:
Now, here’s another tale of community fury being actioned in Colorado.
El Paso County wind farm vandalized, Sheriff’s Office says
29 October 2015
A controversial wind farm project in Calhan was vandalized sometime between Sept. 20 and Oct. 23, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
A single high-powered round was fired into a turbine at the Golden West Wind Energy Center near North Yoder Road and Heaston Road, authorities said.
The damage is estimated between $20,000 and $250,000.
In a news release Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office noted that the center “has been at the center of controversy with some citizens who were opposed to the project.”
The turbine is part of a wind farm under construction by NextEra Energy Resources, which is erecting 145 turbines and 300 transmission structures on the eastern plains of the county.
Neighbors filed a lawsuit this year to try to stop the project, but it was dismissed in September after the group, El Paso County Property Right Coalition, reached an agreement with the county.
The El Paso County Commission approved the project in 2013, with an underground power line.
But in February, commissioners agreed to an amended plan that includes a 29-mile above-ground power line with poles strewn across a patchwork of private properties.
That decision, in particular, rankled many county residents, who were angry that their mountain views would be obscured.
Others raised concerns over the potential negative health impacts of living next to the lines. But more than 160 residents leased NextEra some of their land, and many longtime ranchers in the area hailed the project as a much-needed economic boost.
Good to see the local rag giving NextTerror the final word there. But not sure that its turbine hosts are really that enamoured with having these things speared all over their properties:
Those that are honest about it tell a very different story: …
… from those hosts with the moral fibre of Judas Iscariot, like Victorian turbine hosts, Hamish and Anna Officer – who pocketed the loot, built their dream home 30km away and left their long-suffering neighbours for dead:
Smug and selfish some of them might be, but it turns out that they’re nowhere near as smart as they think they are.
In Ontario, dozens of turbine hosts have just discovered – much to their horror – that wind farm construction outfits have secretly slapped Liens over their properties; in order to secure tens of millions of dollars owed to them by wind farm developers.
The developers (apparently unwilling or unable to part with the cash to pay for construction) owe more than $30 million to construction firms in Huron County, alone.
Those construction firms – in order to ensure recovery of these massive and mounting debts – are placing Liens (under the Construction Lien Act) over the turbine hosts’ land.
The Lien gives the party registering it an entitlement to have a court order that the land subject to it be sold; in order to satisfy the outstanding debt.
In a “gee, we really didn’t think this through” moment, turbine hosts are ruing the day that they ever set eyes on wind farm developers.
Warning Against Wind Farm Liens
28 October 2015
Former Landowners Association President warns of landowner liable for turbines.
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The Past President of the Huron-Perth Landowners’ Association is advising area farmers to do their research and get legal advice before signing wind turbine development leases for their properties.
Dave Hemingway is concerned property owners may be left on the hook for millions of dollars of wind turbine construction work that hasn’t been paid for.
Hemingway says turbine construction contractors have applied liens against six properties — four of them since June.
He says he discovered the newer liens when he double-checked legal documents early this month.
The total value of the liens is over $32 million.
Hemingway explains that under the province’s Construction Lien Act, turbine construction is interpreted as an improvement to a property that has the potential to earn money for the landowner.
He points out that a Superior Court certificate filed in June names a construction sub-contractor as the plaintiff, and four wind turbine companies plus several financial institutions as defendants.
Hemingway says that’s one of three cases in which legal action has started because construction work on wind turbines hasn’t been paid for.
He warns landowners and leaseholders that any potential financial liability arising from leases could be far greater than the leases are worth.