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(DPC) ‘Wind Turbine Blade Throw Incident At Ocotillo Wind Project

On May 16th a 173 foot long wind turbine blade crashed to the ground at Pattern Energy’s $600 million Ocotillo Wind Project in the desert town of Ocotillo. The blade landed approximately 100 yards from the turbine, blocking a jeep trail on public BLM land.

In a press release Donna Tisdale stated, “This wholly avoidable public health and safety hazard occurred just one day after San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the revised Wind Energy Ordinance & Boulevard Community Plan to remove community protections to allow 500 foot tall industrial wind turbines on private land in previously protected areas near homes, recreation areas, and sensitive wildlife—just like the BLM did for Pattern Energy’s Ocotillo Wind—despite pleas from adversely impacted community members over valid and justified safety concerns.”



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