June 2013 Articles
May 22, 2013 (Descanso) – The Medical Examiner has determined that Robert Sean Gibbons died of natural causes from a heart attack related to coronary artery disease. The body of Gibbons, 46, was found by firefighters who responded to a fire at his trailer, which was fully engulfed in flames.
By Nadin Abbott
(May 16, 2013 (Ocotillo) – “It’s scary, all the dangerous things that could happen. I don’t want anybody to get hurt,” said Michaela Woolley, 13. She spoke at a press conference at the Ocotillo Community Center today, after a wind turbine at the Ocotillo Wind Express Facility dropped a blade the length of a jumbo jet plane.
Fortunately nobody was hurt by this accident, though Miachela’s younger brother, Albert added, “It’s scary, the blade of the wind turbine could have landed in a house.” The boy said he also said gets constant headaches that make it hard to do his homework since the turbines were installed.
OCOTILLO WIND TURBINE THROWS OFF MULTI-TON BLADE, PROMPTING WORLD-WIDE CURTAILMENT OF SIMILAR TURBINES AMID GROWING SAFETY CONCERNS
History of turbine/blade manufacturer Siemens is riddled with bribery, corruption, and other scandals
An East County Magazine special investigative report
By Miriam Raftery
Sierra Robinson, Sholeh Sisson and Jim Pelley also contributed to this report
May 16, 2013 (Ocotillo)—One day after San Diego Supervisors ignored residents’ safety concerns and approved a wind ordinance that would open much of East County to industrial wind turbines, a wind turbine at the Ocotillo Express Wind Energy facility hurled off an 11-ton blade. The blade, manufactured by Siemens, landed on a trail used by off-road vehicles. The accident has shut down the wind facility pending investigation into the cause. View video shot by Ocotillo resident Jim Pelley:
An investigation by East County Magazine reveals a dark history of serious safety hazards involving Siemens’ wind products as well as a corporate past that includes guilty pleas to corruption on a global scale, including accusations of bribery and other serious charges in at least 20 nations.
Siemens contracted with Pattern Energy, a company with its own checkered corporate past, as ECM has previously reported, to build the controversial project on public land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Ocotillo and paid for with taxpayer subsidies. Pattern's corporate predecessor also built the Kumeyaay Wind project in Campo, which blew apart in 2010, whirling blade parts over the area. All 75 blades on all 25 turbines had to be replaced; the project was off-line for months.
By Sierra Robinson and Miriam Raftery
May 16, 2013 (San Diego) – “This is the worse crime that’s ever been committed against the East County wilderness. Period,” Craig Maxwell, former La Mesa mayoral candidate and outdoor enthusiast told ECM after San Diego Supervisors voted 4-1 yestesday to approve a wind ordinance that industrial-scale wind turbine projects in rural and scenic backcountry regions.
Only Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who represents East County, made an impassioned plea to protect the health and safety of rural residents, who have repeatedly voiced concerns over risks from infrasound, stray voltage, noise , fire danger, turbine collapse and blades thrown off.
Emphasizing their point, less than 24 hours after the vote, a turbine in nearby Ocotillo threw off an 11-ton blade. (photo)
By Sierra Robinson
May 16, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – A new generation of bladeless wind turbines now in testing offers promise for designs that could reduce risk to birds, reduce noise, require smaller footprints and lower heights, thus less view disturbance.
For example, the slogan on the SheerWind website is “Changing the Course of Power Generation” and with the company’s new wind turbine design, it just might. Sheerwind began creation of a new energy technology three years ago, when founded by Dr. Daryoush Allaei. Since then, SheerWind has created a bladeless, funnel-shaped wind turbine that it claims is a ‘revolution.’
May 16, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights brings you cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- New Closed-Captioning Glasses Help Deaf Go Out To The Movies (NPR)
- A powerful use for spoiled food (Los Angeles Times)
- Why wind farms kill eagles with federal impunity (Christian Science Monitor)
- Is It Safe To Use Compost Made From Treated Human Waste? (NPR)
- Fears grow over deadly new virus (BBC news)
- Agent Orange Linked To Lethal Prostate Cancer In Veterans (KPBS)
- Ice wave comes ashore in Minnesota (Christian Science Monitor)
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May 16, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:
- White House pushes media shield law (Washington Post)
- IRS: First heads roll (The Hill)
Companies won't face charges in condor deaths (Los Angeles Times)
- Senate overwhelmingly approves water infrastructure bill (Sacramento Bee)
- U.S. Safety board is proposing tougher drunk driving standards (CNN)
- Associated Press: Feds Secretly Obtained Reporter Phone Logs (NPR)
- Holder Defends Subpoena Of Journalists' Phone Logs
- Monsanto: The behemoth that controls 90 percent of soybean production (Marketplace.org)
- Exactly what did the IRS want to know? (NPR)
- Who is profiting from charters? The big bucks behind charter school secrecy, financial scandal and corruption (Alternet)
- Texas man held on pipe bomb charges denies role in fertilizer plant blast (Chicago Tribune)
- Tsarnaev 2011 murders? Boston-bombing brothers also could be linked to earlier deaths. (Christian Science Monitor)
- Award goes to Pakistani girl shot by Taliban (U-T San Diego)
- Mexico sets shelters as volcano shakes, spews ash (U-T San Diego)
- Ex-dictator convicted of genocide in Guatemala (U-T San Diego)
- Rat meat and Chinese food safety (BBC)
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May 16, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
- SDSU ranked 7th most dangerous college (Daily Aztec)
- No Vegas, baby: Council denies Mayor Madrid’s trip to annual conference (La Mesa Patch)
- Grossmont High arts program honored (U-T San Diego)
- Nuclear board rules San Onofre restart requires public input (Reuters)
- La Mesa Meadows project plows ahead despite outcry over bird deaths (La Mesa Patch)
- La Mesa Prostitution Investigation (La Mesa Today)