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HSENI - Screggagh Wind Turbine report

WindfarmsPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, June 05, 2016 07:20:28
Email sent - Sat 04/06/2016 07:22
To - Liam.O'Neill@hseni.gov.uk, Darren.nash@hse.gsi.gov.uk

Dear Sirs

I would like to point out a contradiction by the HSENI ref their Screggagh Wind TurbineReport.

BETWEEN

The last sentence in paragraph 1 "The member of the public also alleged that there was debris from the stricken turbine strewn across the public road". i.e. at least 300 m to the east of the failed turbine.

AND

page 8, paragraph 3 "There was a section of blade approximately 267 metres form WTG3 that had blown up towards the top of the mountainside (away form the Ecclesville Road) approximately 10 to 12 ft long and weighing approximately 10 kg." i.e nearly 600 m away from the road and 267 m WEST of the failed turbine.

Question

1. Did the HSENI obtain evidence from witnesses to confirm that the allegations of debris spread across the public (Ecclesville) road was incorrect and should not be considered in detail by the wind turbine failure investigation? i.e. That the allegations of debris across the public road were false and malicious. Maybe the allegations were just honest mistakes by confused witnesses?

2. Would the HSENI's conclusion remain unchanged " …. HSENI still considers the risk to the public to remain low….", if the allegations that debris was "strewn across the public road" were actually true? i.e. Debris strewn 300 to the EAST of the failed turbine, rather than 267 m to the WEST of the failed turbine as stated in the HSENI report. It is noted that wind turbines WTG1 and WTG2 are a similar distance to the Ecclesville Road as the failed WTG3 turbine and thus present similar risks to the public. Moreover and more importantly there are WT Nationwide which have been installed a few metes from Motorways,Railways,in Schools and Hospitals , and close be to residential homes etc.

3. The report also suggest/claims that the "possible collapse " of a wind turbine because of rotor over-speed was not known at this time. Such comments are codswallop.

As you are aware, I have elevated my complaint to the ICO. This is not the first time a WT has collapsed from over speed, nor the last.

I am also of the view that the HSENI are in consort with 3rd parties to cover up serious crimes ref WT safety and the HSENI have misled the Irish Government.

This case has now been elevated to the ICO but I would envisage they will consider my complaint as vexatious under section 14-1 of the FOIA 2000.

It is only a matter of time before body bags are needed with a WT incident and then you might take this subject seriously.

This Screggagha WT Incident is of huge importance for public safety and should require the HSENI and the English counterparts to review the clearance distance regulations and if they do not, we will surely have a major catastrophe sooner rather than later.

For your information, action and files.

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

Devon FOIA Campaigner











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