T. Boone Pickens departs state wind project

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 12, 2012 - 9:22 PM

Proposed wind farm west of Goodhue will still go forward, new owner said.

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theagonybhoOct. 12, 12 9:16 PM

That should let you know a little about wind projects.

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kmhreadyOct. 12, 1210:15 PM

This project is seeking an ITP to kill American Bald Eagles. Are citizens willing to sacrifice the American Symbol of Freedom for an expensive, unreliable source of electricity that produces primarily at times when the electricity cannot be used or sold by the utility. There is no scientific basis for claims by the wind industry that there is environmental benefit to wind energy - in fact the experience shows there is no benefit. BTW - why is it that we say things are hit by a moving object - like a car; and that things run or fly into stationary objects - like buildings. But when it comes to wind turbines with blades moving at nearly 200 mph - we say the eagles fly into the blades????

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kmhreadyOct. 12, 1210:21 PM

Congrats to the citizens of Goodhue County for defeating one of the wealthiest most politically connected people in the US. It took years of hard work and dedication. Amazing. Now, of course, citizens will have to finish dealing with Peter Mastic. After being investigated for fraud in his wind projects by the New York State attorney general,Peter went to Michigan and got sued in a class action lawsuit by citizens there. Then he came to MN where citizens continue to have to deal with his bad behavior. Pull the plug already Public Utilities Commissioners!!

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rickconradOct. 13, 12 6:54 AM

The PUC has willingly accepted all the fictions that proponents of this wind project have put into the record during the permitting process for Goodhue Wind. While some of these fictions are baseless assumption, like the the statement" wind turbines pose no threat to loggerhead shrikes because loggerhead shrikes fly low from tree to tree they will not encounter turbine blades" others were out right lies. Statements like "there are no bald eagles within the project footprint" should be more than enough cause for the PUC to pull Goodhue Wind's site permit. There is little question that there has been inaccuracies and bad behavior on the part of characterss promoting this project in the past. While the characters behind this project have changed. The character of the project is still bad, bad, bad. This project was never really community based, it is poorly sited environmentally unsound, and will destroy local property values. The question is will New Era Windfarm be given another pass by the PUC for coming up with a creative new name. Or will it beheld accountable for all of its past misdeeds.

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rickconradOct. 13, 1211:20 AM

One need only ask "why do traditional fossil fuel companies like BP support alternative energies like wind and solar?" If you truly consider it you can only arrive at the conclusion that wind and solar will not lower fossil fuel consumption and oil company profits. Wind and solar power are nothing new. While the power is there to be collected and used for free, both offer only intermittent low density power that must be used when collected or stored until needed. While "free" to be collected and used,collecting and using them is by no means cheap, environmentally friendly or clean. Wind power generates CO2 up front during construction. This makes wind not a CO2 free energy source but rather a CO2 debtor. A debt which will only be paid back if turbines are properly sited and operate efficiently for fifteen or more years. Solar power photo voltaic cells during the process of their manufacturing release exotic man made gases that are thousands of times more powerful greenhouse gases than CO2. There is no free lunch in green power. Unless you are a slick wind developer with goverment mandates operating in your favor.

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junifer15Oct. 13, 1212:14 PM

Great comments Rick Conrad. Yes, the character of the developer, Peter Mastic, is "bad, bad, bad." Farmers beware, including those on this "Advisory Board:" A certain wind energy developer placed liens on signed property in order to get loans from banks to get the money necessary to build his projects. In New York the sub-contractors were not payed when a project was completed so they were forced to file liens on leaseholder property. The first filings totaled $48 million. According to the Franklin County DA the ONLY reason these scheisters were not prosecuted is because Nobles Environmental was owned by Morgan Stanley - a too big to fail, too big to prosecute bank. Peter Mastic was part of the Nobles Environmental team.

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junifer15Oct. 13, 1212:23 PM

The entire siting process for wind energy is flipped on it's head. Tim Pawlenty didn't do citizens any favors when he mandated this nonsense without having any meaningful studies done to see if Minnesota could support a 25% renewable (wind) mandate. The plan is to get 25% of all of the US electricity from 8 midwestern states. Because wind energy is inefficient, unreliable and expensive both economically and environmentally, this should have been looked at. But no. We let people like Peter Mastic decide where they want to put a wind project. They sign leases with people to determine where their turbines will go. They hire biologists to sit behind a desk for the purpose of filing a "avian and bat protection plan" so they don't really know what is happening in an ecosystem or environment, and then they build these ugly, expensive, industrial power plants. This project has not changed since it was originally proposed, showing that they really do not care about environmental impacts. There is an attorney who worked for Peter Mastic involved in a lawsuit against Third Planet Windpower. The financial incentive for these people to put in industrial wind is staggering: up to one million dollars per turbine. Industrial wind turbines do not reduce CO2 emissions. According to the FAA industrial wind turbines have been proven to cause "micro-climate change at their base." The Goodhue County wind resources are "LOW" according to the AWEA wind resource maps. This is not about being environmentally responsible or saving the planet from global warming. This project is about pure greed and ego. The state should have pulled the plug on it a long time ago.

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sitingeagleOct. 14, 12 3:28 PM

Congrats citizens! Even with Minnesota mandating wind and greasing the skids to access the federal money, you still stopped one of the wealthiest most politically connected men in the world - T. Boone Pickens. Even his private meetings with Tim Pawlenty weren't enough to make this failed idea move forward.

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sitingeagleOct. 14, 12 3:30 PM

It appears all Peter Mastic's supporters should be able to meet comfortably with him in his new office - a post office box.

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imcountryOct. 15, 12 9:09 AM

And this is being called a Community Based Project? Another out of state person with sights on MN C-BED money! Mr. Mastic's only tie here is a post box in Goodhue. He clearly has no intention of sticking around since he still sports Nevada plates when he drives his own personal vehicle.Looks like his only intention is to take the money and run back to Nevada. There is no Community in Community Based any longer. It's time to end C-BED through legislation. It's been as corrupted from it's original intent as it possibly could be.

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