- Posted February 28, 2009 by
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Groups Protest Wind Turbine Eagle Kills
Wearing red to symbolize the blood of dead eagles, several Native American groups from California organized a protest against the killing of Golden and Bald Eagles that will take place in collisions with the Wind turbines of the approved Hatchet Ridge Wind Project in Northern California. Eagles, hawks, owls and falcons will all die in collisions with the wind turbine blades that spin at 220 mph on 300 foot towers. The groups that organized this protest are; The Advocates for the Protection of Sacred Sites, Seventh Generation Fund, Indigenous Environmental Network, International Indian Treaty Council, and Citizens of the Pit River Tribe. The protest will took place Friday Feb 27 in front of the Shasta County Administrative building where the board of supervisors approved the Hatchet Ridge Wind Farm. Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Spotted Owls, Great Grey Owls and over 100 other different kinds of bird species are expected to die at this wind farm. Each year across America, thousands of birds of prey die in collisions with turbine blades. At the Altamont wind farm in California over 50 Golden Eagles die each year. Accurate figures from other wind farms are not available because of the high security at sites and cover up by the wind industry.
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"Astounding Facts about Wind Turbines and Why They Kill Eagles"
At the Altamont wind farm in California over 50 Golden Eagles die each year. Accurate figures from other wind farms are not available because of the high security at sites and cover up by the wind industry. Why is this happening? The killer of Eagles and all birds of prey is Blade TIP Speed. This is what kills and this is what the wind industry does not put in Environmental documents. A Wind Farm that was recently approved in Northern California is going to construct three different size Wind Turbines. According to the specifications given, the blades on the proposed Turbine Towers will be 126 feet, 151 feet, and 156 feet long. They will rotate at approximately 20 rotations per minute. The diameter of each rotation is 252 feet, 302 feet and 312 feet. What is left out of the Environmental documents and kept from the public is that at 20 rotations per minute the tip speed of the blades for the three turbines is 264 ft/sec, 316 ft/sec, and 326 ft/sec. If this is converted to miles per hour it works out to 180 mph, 215 mph and 222 miles per hour. The speed and power of these blades is what amputates the wings and heads off flying Eagles. From a distance the blades look rather slow but up close these blades move faster than a guillotine.
In Contrast, a $1000.00 24 inch high velocity industrial Fan used to cool warehouses only rotates at 125 feet per second at the maximum 1200rpm. This tip speed equals 85 miles per hour. The fan is caged with a wire frame that meets government product safety standards. You would not dare put your finger into these rotating blades because it would be cut off.
The next time you see a green energy Turbine on a ridge or on TV, think of the thousands of birds of prey that are chopped up across America each year.