Craig Mountain Today 2010
Simulation view south toward Ramo Flats
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We need donations since we have some bills that need to be paid by the end of the month, so any of you that can send a donation to Linda Boettcher PO Box 287, Union, Oregon 97883 541-562-5669.
We have a $3000 attorney bill. Tom Price has agreed to contribute $1000 towards the bill and I will contribute another $1000. Tom has contributed significantly before, as a result, Tom and Judy need to be thanked.
Please contribute. Dennis Wilkinson
Lana'i Hawaii ¼ of island to be covered by turbines
Yard Sale and Silent Auction and Bake Sale
Saturday August 14th
during Union's Grassroots Festival
Sheds 880 S.
Members of FGRV do you have good useable items we can put in our 1st fund raiser? Call Bonnie Dunn 541-910-0082 & leave a message for pick up of donated items or more info.
Yard Sale: Donate Useable Items: for the home & garden; books; house plants; glassware; furniture with chipping paint (shabby chic ladies LOVE this stuff) or even w/o chips!; etc. Farmers, not necessarily Jed’s relations, do you have any rusty old tools you have been stumbling over? No clothing as it is hard to display.
Silent Auction: Donate: Antiques; One of a kind Art; One of a kind Handcrafted Quilts; or items that are rare; Specialty Services; or Gift certificates. I am donating an antique ice cream churn and a blacksmith’s forge for the silent auction. What item do you have that you love but will donate to “Save Craig Mountain”?
“Save Craig Mountain” donation jar and info flyers to distribute.
Check the FGRV Calendar for map of location.
Poster Contest Winners
FGRV presents ...
The Reality of Wind Power
The event has been taped in 9 parts by GrandeRondeTV. He has also put it on YouTube. (please note audio of some participants is a bit distorted, participants actually don't lisp.)
Our thanks to Dan for ensuring this info is available to all.
Grande Ronde TV website has all 9 parts @
Or below are the links in sequential order.
Part I Power Point
Part II Power Point
Part III Power Point
Part IV Power Point
Part I Q & A
Part II Q & A
Part III Q & A
Part IV Q & A
continued Part IV Q & A
Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley present ...
The Reality of Wind Power
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Blue Mountain Conference Center
7:00 to 9:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)
Posters will be viewed, judged and winner announced at this event.
Winner to be announced at Reality of Wind Power June 23, 2010
The winning poster will be duplicated and used in our campaign, Save Craig Mountain.
County Commissioners Special meeting Thursday March 18th had a full room to watch them. And what did we see? Not much.
Somebody forgot to ask the county clerk about some stuff. Where would you find a county clerk?
Agenda - should county put the Wind Factories up to a vote.
Lots of questions about the whole matter, don't you think!
letter from the Oregon Secretary of State to Union County
News: 3-20-10 Elkhorn Wind Farm has been down since Friday, March 12th due to faulty equipment at the substation and losing grid connection.
No blinking lights to warn aircraft, but is reportedly now a "no fly zone."
FGRV Raffle Winners
September 14, 2010
Wall Street Journal 8-24-10
by Robert Bryce
The wind industry has achieved remarkable growth largely due to the claim that it will provide major reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. There's just one problem: It's not true. A slew of recent studies show that wind-generated electricity likely won't result in any reduction in carbon emissions—or that they'll be so small as to be almost meaningless.
This issue is especially important now that states are mandating that utilities produce arbitrary amounts of their electricity from renewable sources. By 2020, for example, California will require utilities to obtain 33% of their electricity from renewables. About 30 states, including Connecticut, Minnesota and Hawaii, are requiring major increases in the production of renewable electricity over the coming years.
click here for the entire article
Wind turbines are a poor way to harnesss energy - but a very good way to generate public subsidies, says Andrew Gilligan. June 13, 2010
Excerpt: One analysis of the government figures, albeit commissioned by wind farm opponents, suggested that Britain’s biggest wind farm – the 140-turbine installation at Whitelee, near East Kilbride – operated to just 7.3 per cent of its capacity that year.
Mrs Clegg has acted with characteristic business acumen. These aren’t just wind farms – they’re subsidy farms. As well as turning a blade or two, at least when the wind is blowing, they’re about to start turning a very healthy profit. Read the entire article
Swollen Columbia River churns so much electricity BPA is giving some away
by Ted Sikinger, The Oregonian 6-12-10
Water shoots back up from the flow defectors immediately below the spillway at Chief Joseph Dam in Washington. The deflectors help moderate oxygen levels to protect fish when river levels are unusually high.
click here to see photo and read entire article
Letter to Horizon Wind Energy dated June 11, 2010
excerpt: "Your project manager, Valerie Franklin, was on "Your Voice" SuperTalk AM 1450 this morning wherein several misstatements were again presented."
read the entire letter for the long list of misstatements
published in The Nickel 9-23-10
Wind Salesmen mimic the battle cries of environmentalism to sell their industry, often in ways as deceptive or contrary as to mock the very movement they claim to promote. You will often hear wind salesmen, and politicians who want to look and promote 'green,' make the following claims:
click to read the entire ad, its a good one
Wescom News Service
Pacific Power finalized an agreement with state regulators and ratepayer advocates this week that will increase residential customer’ rate by 7.9 percent and all customer’ rates by an average of 8.4 percent next year, the company said Tuesday.
That general rate increase, to pay for wind
other infrastructure the company invested in, comes on top of an
on market prices for power that would raise residential rates by 5.1
and rates for all customers by an average of 5.9 percent.
In Northeast Oregon, Pacific Power serves
Wallowa County. read the rest of the
This document, dated August 27, 2010, is the 2nd RAI (Request for Additional Information) ODE (Oregon Department of Energy) has sent to Horizon re: ARWF (Antelope Ridge Wind Farm).
by Erin Mills East Oregonian 9-29-10
A reluctant Morrow County Planning Commission finally spelled it out for Invenergy, the developer of the Willow Creek Wind Project: not only is the project too loud for nearby homes, but Inverergy will be paying for another noise study once its six-month grace period is up.
click to read the entire article
ARE WRONG FOR THE NORTHWEST
Daily Policy Digest www.ncpa.org 7-8-10
Wind power is clean (i.e. carbon-free in its production), and this remains a large part of policymakers' attration to it. However, the negativbe aspects of wind power are apparent, yet often overlooked. Everincreasing wind generation will have a significant impact on the reliability and affordability of electricty in the Pacific Northwest that very well might outweigh any of the claimed environmental benefits, says the Cascade Policy Institute.
read the entire report listing Integration problems, Integration costs, and voluntary choice versus mandates
Negotiate or Not
SITUATION ASSESSMENT REPORT
ON THE FEASIBILITY OF
PROPOSED SITING OF THE ANTELOPE RIDGE
WIND POWER PROJECT
June 4, 2010
read the full 24 page report here
Is Our Health in Jeopardy? (their wealth or our health?)
by S. C. Smith
From the FGRV February/March 2010 NewsletterIs everyone allergic to bee stings or peanuts or rag weed? No. We are all “wired” differently. Our individual reactions are varied. Not all people have adverse reactions to wind turbines, their low frequency noise (LFN), the flickering of beacons, the “thumping” of their blades, etc. The range of negative health effects from wind turbines is becoming more widely acknowledged. Scientists and
clinical researchers are continuing to gather data and sort through monitoring methods, as well as the types, ranges and levels of low frequency noise (LFN), and the diverse negative health problems and symptoms associated with wind turbine energy production.
The Elkhorn Wind Farm now in operation in southern Union County, Oregon has wind turbines near enough to Fay and Rod Swanson’s home to negatively impact Fay’s health. But what was unexpected, on the night the wind turbines were revved up for the first time on December 6, 2007, was Fay’s eyes swelling shut. On that evening Fay and her husband Rod noticed particles drifting down from the wind turbines. They speculate that a coating on the blades heated up and flaked off and the now operational turbine blades were dispersing the flakes onto their property. She’d never had allergies but that was the clinic's best guess about her eyes.
Fay Swanson continues to experience negative health effects from the loss of sleep, dizziness, physical pressure throughout her body, loss of focus and concentration, as well as at least one episode of bleeding from her nose, mouth and ears with no other apparent causation. Fay continues
to experience several other physical ill effects which can be attributed to Wind Turbine Syndrome. Wind turbines are about 1,500 feet from the Swanson’s property. That’s the legal allowable distance turbines have to be from a residence.
After a 5 year study on the physical effects of Wind Turbines for the University of Columbia Medical Research, Dr. Nina Pierpont, MD has published the book "Wind Turbine Syndrome." One suggestion that Dr. Pierpont makes is that “In hilly or mountainous topographics, where valleys
act as natural channels for noise … set-back should be extended anywhere from 2-3 miles from homes.”
The effects of wind technology are not fully known and are still being researched. The Antelope Ridge Wind Farm will traverse 47,000 acres above the Grande Ronde Valley. Some of the proposed 182 wind turbines will be a little more than half a mile from the city of Union. Are you willing to be a guinea pig?
Wind Turbine Lease Considerations for Landowners
EC-1394, February 2009
Dwight Aakre, Farm Management Specialist Ron Haugen, Farm Management Specialist
Legal, binding contracts between landowners and wind energy development companies are a necessary part of any wind farm development project. The tendency nay be to streamline the developnet process to move the project ahead faster. Landowners may be told the contracts they are being asked to sign are standard contracts for wind projects and the terms of the contract are fixed and the sane for everyone. However, until a contract is signed, any and all of the contract provisions are negotiable.
read the entire article
Letter to PUC in response to their staff recommendations
by Dennis Wilkinson 7-11-10
In response to PUC staff recommendations, the question is, who benefits from the proposed Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line which would run through Grande Ronde Valley?
read the entire letter
Letter to Oregon Consensus dated June 14, 2010excerpt: "The entire report was all about having more meetings between the City of Union and the Union County commissioners to find ways to mediate a way so that development of the wind farm project could move ahead expeditiously."
The letter continues "However, what is needed is for the wind farm developer to come to terms with the unique situation here in Eastern Oregon."
And concludes with, "The Consensus Report did nothing to help solve the issues regarding this wind farm. If they really want to solve this issue, then the negotiator needs to put the demands onto Horizon not the people of Union County and the City of Union."
read the entire letter
by Dennis Wilkinson, Help Save Oregon 5-12-10
Some recent information has come to my attention which works in the favor of being able to stop the development of the Antelope Ridge Wind Farm (ARWF). This information has been forwarded to the Commissioners, Siting Council and the Department of Energy.
On April 23, 2010, a jury in Grant County, Lancaster, Wisconsin awarded a family $5 million in a stray voltage lawsuit.
The decision against Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative of Lancaster came after a month of testimony in the case, brought in 2007 by Bollant Farms and Steven, Delores and Thomas Bollant. The family contended that power lines reduced milk production, killed calves and led to twisted stomachs in cows from 2002 to 2008.
The jury gave the Bollants $3.75 million for the economic impact to their farm and $1.25 million for discomfort and suffering.
read the entire article
OPB was in Gorge 5-27-10 / on radio 5-31-10
Excerpt ... “Part of the conversation that needs to take place concerns the Oregon energy policy, or lack thereof,” said Morrow County Planning Director Carla McLane. “This burst in renewable energy is based on the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard, which requires the state have 25 percent renewable energy by 2025. The standard was implemented without much thought relative to where the power would be developed, how it would be moved, how to balance the location of the development to assure regular power delivery and other considerations.”
read the entire article
Letter to FGRV dated May 21, 2010
excerpt: "To mitigate many of the wildlife issues, health, tourism, our quality of life and property value loss is impossible; as a result, the wind turbines need to be placed out of critical wildlife habitat and where they will not affect our county and its citizens. These things cannot be mitigated. That means no industrial wind factories in Union County."
read the entire letter
Conservation Is More Effective
Than Wind Energy
National Wind Watch press release July 30, 2007
"A little conservation can replace the perceived need to build giant wind turbines that do so much more harm than good." click to read the entire press release
Editor's note: That is the literal 'bottom line' of what National Wind Watch concluded in their press release almost 4 years ago. Let's make up for lost time.
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Taking a Stand Against the Proposed Antelope Ridge Wind Farm
Citizens rally on Island Avenue showing SIGNS OF CONCERN
photo by B.A.Lert, IFW
They gathered independently, not as representatives of any group.
Let's hope that Mount Emily in the background