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From BLM California News Bytes Issue 581 - A massive blade from one of the 112 wind turbines recently installed in the Ocotillo area was found near a tower base on 05/16/2013 (Thursday), after plummeting onto the ground overnight, triggering safety concerns among BLM, the developer and local residents. This is the second incidence of blade mounting difficulties and no injuries were reported. If for some reason you choose to be prospecting near wind turbines just be aware wind turbine blade amounting apparently do fail causing the blades fall to the ground.

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Lousy kalif construction as usual. When driving 1-80 east to Wyoming I saw literally 10s a 1,000s a windmills running like crazy and not a one missing a blade. Area adjacent to the massive structures are closed to public access anyhow. John

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It will be interesting to follow the investigation into the cause of this one. The Ocotillo project in not at all isolated from entry. There is a major highway, surface streets, off road vehicle routes, and open hiking right through and under these things. I hunt rocks and meteorites right up to them.

That might change if parts start flying off.

Ed

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Poor maintenance and upkeep....I've never seen how they are installed in the hub but I would think much like the

prop on an aircraft....

Inspections and maintenance are necessary or if a blade takes off it will cause BIG TRACKS in shorts....

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A blade falling off now and then, here or there, dosn't really bother me

as far as prospecting around them.

Now if blades were comming off a few times a week, at dif sites, I'd reconcider. :89:

Garimpo gets it, lack of inspections and routine maint.

How about a "new" gov't agency,... :brows:

Could create hundreds of new jobs. :thumbsupanim

Call it the "Dept. of Mill Wind Blade Inspections and Tolerances".

Or, the D. M. W. I. T., or, pronounced "Dimwit" :4chsmu1:

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Inspections and test are good only at the point in time they are made to provide some level of confidence the part or parts are good for their intended purpose. There are a large number of these wind mills and there seem to be extremely few failures like this, my guess would be a individual mounting hardware failure.

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Need more "Dimwit" inspections. :old:

I'm sure it's gonna take some time for 'em to figure out exactly what is the issue.

Better to catch it early though, than late.

Preventive maint does save money. :brows:

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How about a "new" gov't agency,... :brows:

Could create hundreds of new jobs. :thumbsupanim

Call it the "Dept. of Mill Windblade Inspections and Tolerances".

Or, the D. M. W. I. T., or, pronounced "Dimwit" :4chsmu1:

I highlighted a spelling correction.

Wind Blade should be one word, Windblade. :tisk-tisk:

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There have been 100,s of them fail. Primarily due to lightning strikes causing fatigue. Read about it here: www.windaction.org.

I was involved in the transportation of them for a year or so, both new ones and those being sent back to the factory for repair,

none of them failed at the mounting bolts. For detailed info on California read : www.docs.wind-watch.org/. For a picture of one

that hit a day car center in El Reno, OK see : www.windaction.org/pictures/38526 .

The 250' long ones are interesting to haul through Tucson and El Paso on I-10 in rush hour.

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Well John I found out immediately when I got out of the USCG after 24 years that I could not work for some one, I tried hard having 2 girls in HS ready for college.

So while waiting for them to graduate from HS I bought 12 yard dump truck and went partners in a septic system installation business , working 2 or 3 other side lines.

After they where out of the house I asked myself why I was working 7x18s and paying enough quarterly IC tax that I was essentially paying my own retirement pay from the service. One of my side lines kept bringing me into contact with full-time RVERS so one day I talked the wife into taking off 6 months and trying that lifestyle.

It was less than 3 months when we sold our home , bought a 35 foot 5th WH trailer and hit the road heading west.

Being long time rock hounds and metal detector nuts it was not long before I found that there was money in rocks and learned about mining them and claims from an old miner in Oregon soon found my own mine while I was running my rock hound paid expeditions, got interested in gold, Baja Mexico etc.

After over 13 years gave it all up to move back to Texas and raise a grandchild from birth to 5 years old. The economy having gone south with my life savings we moved back to AZ and had to get a job, found one as an independent contactor delivering new trucks and tractors , working very hard and not making much money

I was talking to a oversize truck escort driver one day who had just lost his partner and needed someone to join his team and had trucking experience and was not afraid of work. It paid after expenses more than double what I was making, I took some quick on the job training, got state certification, rigged out my vehicle, got the required insurance and hit the road. Learning the business and how to make dispatcher's and customers happy and how to make alliances with other operators in less than a year I was making 9 to10 k a month and having a lot of fun since traveling was our favorite thing, my wife got certified so we could take special jobs that required 2 people in one car and paid better. We averaged 20+ days a month on the road and worked in 38 different states and Canada. The way you get jobs is to work for a broker who handles all the paper work and gets 10 to 25% of your mileage in commission, get your own jobs and do all the paper work and collections your self, better yet get a job requiring say 5 other cars and hire your buddies in your alliances and you get the 10 to 25% yourself, plus all the head aches.

I have not been without an investment in something other than bank paper since I got out of the service, some times good some times not so good, the pay to dig operations I had in Baja and Idaho where the most enjoyable, escorting 250' wind turbine blades across TX,NM,AZ to CA where very interesting sometimes, especially when rubberneckers would drive along side to take pictures ignoring the danger and not realizing that the rear escort was steering the trailer remotely from behind it and could not see them sometimes. I see so many young people today who have no life experience and are not interested in anything, I tell them to go do something, learn to fly, go to Alaska and work on a fishing boat, go to Australia, do something besides facebook and drugs. Yep I am long winded !!

Thanx much for the links Max--is there anything ya' ain't done for beans and bacon bud?? tons a au 2 u 2 -John

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Long tale takes much wind ol'friend and this ol'life is indeed one short strange trip. Sounds like fun 2 me-go-see-do-and no moss growing on your boots bud-party on Max-John

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A blade falling off now and then, here or there, dosn't really bother me

as far as prospecting around them.

Now if blades were comming off a few times a week, at dif sites, I'd reconcider. :89:

Garimpo gets it, lack of inspections and routine maint.

How about a "new" gov't agency,... :brows:

Could create hundreds of new jobs. :thumbsupanim

Call it the "Dept. of Mill Wind Blade Inspections and Tolerances".

Or, the D. M. W. I. T., or, pronounced "Dimwit" :4chsmu1:

:ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL:

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  • 3 weeks later...

I drove through Ocotillo (my stomping ground) last Saturday, and again Sunday. All the turbines in that area were shut down and not moving. I am guessing that there are a hundred of them........ It was windy as all get out too....What a waste ! The turbines in Campo were running full speed though .....

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I can't imagine a blade traveling far even if one did fall off. I wouldn't want to be underneath one if it did fail but wouldn't fear being around them.

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wind turbines run as needed.

They may be shut down for various reasons.

The lease of which is that the power is being supplied by other power plants.

Just because we have a whole lot of turbones does not need that all the turbines power everything.

The only reason I mentioned it, is because the original post was in regards to the turbines at Ocotillo.......just an observation.

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