CHEVELON BUTTE WIND FARM SPOWER CHEVELON CANYON RANCH VIEWS RETREAT ACRES MAP NAVAJO COCONINO COUNTY PROJECT WINSLOW HEBER OVERGAARD ARIZONA WIND FARMING TURBINES FAKE CLEAN ENERGY RUINING THE PLANET - SPECIAL USE PERMITS - CEVELON BUTTE WIND HASHKNIFE SOLAR
Chevelon Butte Wind which of these landscapes is better for the planet?
Flashing red lights can be seen 30 miles away on 400 foot turbines these will be 755 feet and likely be seen from San Francisco!
"I don’t believe the public realizes what a horrible waste of resources that wind energy is when you start to look at the entire operation from beginning to end. Wind energy is definitely not RENEWABLE. And, even worse… the wind turbines are not lasting as long as the 20-25 years forecasted by the industry. A study that came out in 2012 by Gordon Hughes, researching the relatively mature Dutch and U.K. Wind Industry, suggested that only a few of the wind farms would be operating for more than 12-15 years." - Steve St. Angelo
We see direct evidence of this in Buffalo, New York at Lackawana's Lake Erie at the Steel Winds wind farm where they need to replace all turbines after a mere 12 years as parts are no longer available! That means the project is costing at least double what they initially sold to the public and it's the public that will be paying for it in their electric bills for decades. Also count in the massive tax breaks and subsidies and we see how much energy these things WASTE. These renewable energy scams that channel public funds to others giving in return for the public vast expansive messes of blight is so bad we see example where the public utilities commissions pay the wind farms to not produce power. The constraint payments over ten years in this one was said to be enough to power 90% of Scottish homes for a year as a total of 607 million Euros. How much will be paid to this farm to not produce power? How much will be siphoned off to be sent to Los Angeles at discounts? How about bringing power to those out there who do not have it, no, instead we give more of our energy to the rich who already are siphoning off so much of it. Then we have presidential candidates that tell us we need to make these giant corporations richer with these massive wastes of our energy and that if we don't vote for them we will all die. These wasteful projects must stop.
What will this all cost?? $1 billion! This will all come out of your pocket and that of your children's children's pockets as tax schemes that favor these wasteful projects fund these things adding to the national debt in fact you will be paying 18% of this project cost in those tax credits and the rest of the cost of the project over time in rate increases and in 10 to 12 years the turbines likely will fail and need replacement when they can't get parts like in Buffalo's Steel Winds project and then your property taxes go up while these projects don't and you are paying for all of this for what, cheaper energy, no way! What you are getting is movie sets, fake clean energy theatre.
THE PUBLIC DESERVES A DIRECT VOTE ON THIS MESS NOT MERELY RELYING ON A FEW REPRESENTATIVES LIKE JASON WHITING THAT DID NOT EVEN VOTE ON THE PROJECT - HE'S COMPLETELY MISSING IN ACTION - HAD NO MENTION OF THIS ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE - JASON WHITING WAS GIVEN A 'SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR' AWARD RECENTLY - SUPERVISORS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO 'REPRESENT' THE HUGE NUMBERS OF PROPERTY OWNERS OUT THERE AND DO NOT EVEN VOTE AND HAVE NO PUBLIC MENTION OF SUCH A MASSIVE SKYSCRAPER SIZE 49 SQUARE MILE WIND FARM THAT BOTH PRODUCES AND BURNS ENERGY DO NOT DESERVE SUCH AWARDS AND IT SHOULD BE RECINDED.
READ MORE ABOUT JASON WHITING HERE
This area needs electricity brought in not a create & burn energy facility
"Everyone who sees a wind turbine from their home should get electricity for free"
oh and what's that glare over there it's a massive solar farm coming north of Chevelon Canyon Ranch
to get an idea of the size of that take a look at this solar project map that's being planned in Vulcan County in Alberta Canada page 122 of the pdf to see it's massive size
Gee why can't she enjoy working outside anymore? Could it be that God did not design man to see spinning nauseating propeller monstrocities hovering over them? And do the developers and global industrialists or land leasers care about this poor hard working woman and the critters on the farm? No, they care about the energy they get.
"chickens stopped laying eggs, sold off the cows as they weren't doing well, wife was getting sick"
at this point in the film the reporter looks closer to see if the wind facility offices are open or closed, again emphasises that the tubines are not spinning, and we can see there is wind if we look closely at the quick view of the brush blowing in the wind, turbines use power to keep the brakes on even though they turn the blades so that they are not grabbing the wind
what ruined this idyllic countryside was it the grass, the barbed wire fence you can't even see, or something else?
"clean green energy" burns black
as it it's all based on oil
Coconino County violated Arizona law by not providing the public the minutes of the planning commission meeting within 3 days giving the public a chance to review hearing they might not be able to attend there was a mere 15 days to appeal their 10 person planning board decision that was 100% unanimou$ but no one got to read what happened at the meeting until after that appeal period passed read about a similar situation EDF lawsuit heard in Gage County
view critique of developer simulations here
view Special Use Permit app Minutes of Oct 15 Navajo County planning hearing
other permits are still required yet before breaking ground
HAWAII legislature declares red flashing wind turbine obstruction lights to be harmful to the environment
the problem is though they seek radar activated ones that are not guaranteed to be approved by FAA
and now we see other vast expanse states such as Wyoming banning the dumping of old massive petroleum based wind turbine propeller blades in landfills
I don't see sPower having submitted an approval with FAA regarding obstruction yet
I do see an approval by FAA for 75 foot tall transmission tower east of Show Low filed by Navopache Electric
carbon neutrality is insane energy policy
even Palm Springs is now FED UP with these pieces of junk
what if the Hudson River had 49 square miles of wind farm placed there when Sully was trying to land his distressed plane with hundreds of passengers?
The Rocky Mountain Elk Project
They present an interesting video about the "Adopt A Ranch" program and the O'Haco ranch which is where this massive wind farm of 49 square miles (but seen for thousands of square miles all around) will be located. It mentions keeping 65,000 acres open for everyone yet no mention about a massive sprawling wind farm coming in to spoil it. I have to wonder if the elk will mind. Wind farms often feature NO TRESPASSING signs. Take a look at this snapshot from the video, this is where the wind turbines will be blocking this beautiful openscape and Chevelon Butte in the distance. This may not be your land but these may be your views. I believe views belong to the public and are an ecological resource that needs protection.
Will the ranch remain the same allowing visitors to roam amongst the turbines? Who would want to? The video shows them putting in a well for the cows and wildlife. That's all so nice but since our tax money is going to build a wind farm here I would rather see our taxes go toward helping out areas where people live to get local electric that could pump water to their homes who never ever had electricity and a bridge over the canyon so people can more easily get to Winslow like they can from this parcel.
Chevelon Canyon and the Ranch, Acres, Retreat is to the left of this photo on the other side of the small canyon just a few miles away.
It may well be that energy made
at this wind turbine project will go to Los Angeles sold at discounts or go to other wind
farms to be burned while the land owner here profits immensely on
your money. Wind farms are better at
generating anger and wasted energy.
If you look to the right of the Chevelon Butte here it looks like there's that SODAR tower they put in to measure wind speeds before wind turbines are installed. On their website they show a page filled with banquets throughout the land but there were none in this area of Arizona only in Yuma, Tucson, and Mesa. Why don't they have one in Winslow and do another video showing that the O'Haco Ranch is allowing building 49 square miles of 60 story tall wind turbines for the elk?
A music video similar to the one made in 2019 by Dustin
Lynch called "Ridin' Roads" certainly would not be filmed on Route
99 going from Winslow to the Sigreaves Forest after this farm is
built. The video featured not one wind turbine in all of it's video
presentation of his girl, himself, his guitar, and the landscapes
driving in an old style Ford Bronco with the top off because wind
farms uglify the landscapes.
This area of Chevelon Canyon which features gorgeous open vistas needs power brought in
Especially to the properties especially east of Chevelon Canyon where there are at least a few hundred private ranches, not almost 200 turbine skyscrapers that cause added standby power to grids that causes more CO2 in the air anyway and look horrible day and night. These would be the tallest things found anywhere in the entire "Grand Canyon State". To pollute the vast expansive horizons and this gorgeous mini Grand Canyon with massive industrial messes of ABUSIVE energy that takes energy directly from rate payers and tax payers giving it to the already rich is absurdly misplaced energy.
The Navajo Nation owns 27,000 square miles of land in the area and they are getting local power brought in for free
Between April to May of 2019 they had the benefit of 28 Public Power communities throughout the United States dispatching their electric line teams to help build power lines to Navajo homes. There were 138 volunteers who traveled to Navajo Nation for the six week pilot project and dramatically changed the lives of 233 families. Why are they not doing this for Americans in Chevelon Canyon areas? Meanwhile there is no word from MIA representative Jason Whiting as to what he will do to get these companies in to build power lines at no cost to those who live and own there at Arizona's mini Grand Canyon. And how much did all this cost rate and tax payers? Certainly all those lines, fossil fueled trucks, expenses, wires and poles, travel costs on fossil fuel based planes, all of that was not paid for by the workers, who paid for that all? Probably you. Light Up Navajo 2 will be coming 2020.
Jan 8 2020 - Coconino PLANNING COMMISSION - Study Session mentions "project was not appealed" which of course is because no one knew that this could be done and there is a fee for this. They allow 15 days from the hearing to appeal. I had been waiting for the minutes to be posted in January as next step in opposition, without that how can I know what was discussed to appeal or not.
Dec 4 2019 - Coconino PLANNING COMMISSION - On 12/27/2019 I learned this project is FULLY APPROVED by 10 PLANNERS who all voted YES. Valerie Webber of Coconino County stated "In regards to the Chevelon Butte wind project, the Conditional Use Permit was approved by decision of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Since the Planning and Zoning Commission decision was not appealed, it will not be coming before the Board of Supervisors." That was a shock to learn. I had not known that and was waiting for Board of Supervisors to present this in January and provide MINUTES OF THIS MEETING they said would be available in January even though Arizona law reequires it in 3 days. Apparently their code states that the public can appeal such decision of planners within 15 days "after paying a fee". This whole process smells. Coconino County planners do not live at Chevelon Canyon and should not have final say. There should be a vote by the public in both counties by the people not just a few planners. Wind projects are just too impactful to not allow the public to vote on them. They are not just a bigger garage or longer fence, they wouldn't even approve a 200 foot cell tower yet they ru$h to approve the Chevelon Butte wind project that covers 49 square miles and towers as high as Los Angeles skyscrapers. It will ruin drives from Winslow into the many unspoiled areas around Chevelon Canyon and going into the Sitreaves forest. It will be a disaster to the views east of the canyon which is like a mini Grand Canyon. It will destroy flying wildlife. Developer stated in this Dec 4, 2019 meeting he does not want U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service involved - gee wonder why, could it be they are very strict about industry killing wildlife. I have already contacted a bird group which is already suing DOE and ACE over another massive project at Lake Erie, read their lawsuit here.
Dec 10 2019 - Navajo County BOARD OF SUPERVISORS - unanimous approval 4 votes with one board member Jason Whiting unable to attend why was he not able to attend?? He represents that very area where the GEN-TIE is connecting to the grid and 8 turbines at the canyon and represents hundreds of home and land owners in the Chevelon Canyon Ranch, Chevelon Acres, and Chevelon Retreat areas that would be forced to see this disgusting blight from that entire area. I never received one reply to letters of concern sent to him and he was named "Supervisor of the Year" in December. Take that back from him. Nor did I receive reply from Tom O'Halleran who also represents these areas and also is no where to be found on this matter. O'Halleran is Democrat who participated in the impeachment sham, voting YES for Democrats witch hunt on the properly elected president and I will be supporting his replacement with Tiffany Shedd for Congress in 2020. I had presented my comments to the county clerk who assured me they would go to the Board of Supervisors. Obviously they did not make any impact. I think the $$$ are shouting over squawks of eagles, bats, & honey bees, viewscapes, residents and land owners once again as often happens when a $750 million project comes to town.
Oct 17 2019 - Navajo County PLANNING COMMISSION votes were stated by White Mountain Independent as approved by 3-2 vote I was unaware of that meeting in October and wish I had been able to express my concerns directly prior. Howe, Rhodes, McVicker voted YES. Decross and Murph voted NO. It went to BOS after that on Dec 10 (see above). view resolution
THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS 2019 - for many the time is one to be thankful for many things for others like those who have learned since summer that their gorgeous pristine environment around their homes or undeveloped properties are now subject to a massive wind farm possibly blowing in to the region as it would transfer hundreds of millions of in tax payers subsidies featuring almost 200 blinking red lights all night long to make only certain individuals very wealthy while it smashes property values and doesn't even provide electricity from the grid out there to people as it would bring worse than certified city-fied blight and frustration instead of tranquility, well we can only be thankful & celebrate anything WHEN this project is turned down by Coconino and Navajo counties this December when the Board of Supervisors gets chance to VOTE THIS DOWN at whatever time that may be, (tis all approved now) so until then we are not enjoying these holidays that much, and instead of doing Christmas madness this year, I am enjoying what's left of serene open space and saving all that $ energy spent on gifts which is always created by efficient fosssil fuel based energies so I will have it to give to the industrialists that will raise my electric rates as they keep wasting energy like this. Meanwhile others who have gobs of money already are getting real giddy about this project and thus getting even more gobs of money all based on your energy and mine as I walked past a homeless person and had to tell them that I could not help as I have to save my green $ energy to give to developers for more wind farms through my taxes and electric bills so they have many homes and more energy to burn than the homeless plant their stark reminder of how dizzying white colonist energy scams can be.
view of wind farms after we had snow in the mountains
above Palm Springs
these are between 3 miles to 7 or 8 miles away and well seen in the shade - my camera is not good so imagine these twice as stark and as bright as fresh snow
the moutains majesty almost take away their uglyness but if you can picture these without the mountains as it would be around Chevelon Butte these things look really really bad as they stick up high out of the horizon line they are simply awful and up close omg they are monstrosities
Also keep in mind the height of the ones at the left 1/3 of this photo are half the size of ones that would be built at Chevelon Butte and are the closest to the camera at a mere 3 miles. They are shaded by cloud cover and my camera did not pick them up as well, they look very stark and visible in person. In the middle of the photo are mostly older ones that are 1/3 to 1/2 the size of what would be built in Coconino and Navajo Counties they are about 4 to 6 miles away. The ones in the right 1/3 of the photo are newer ones that are almost as tall as the ones proposed. Thse are about 7 miles away! The tan hills that they cover in that spot in the photo are about as high as Chevelon Butte. The purple mountains and snow covered majesty above stretch into many thousands of feet higher. Imagine those purple mountains above these not there and you see how the horizon would look from Chevelon Canyon and all ranch areas east that have a view of the butte. Wind turbines would dominate the horizon forever spoiling that area.
project developer simulations are disingenuous as they do not show how these
things STAND OUT
I have now been studying these from various angles since July 2019 with a vengeance so I know exactly how bad these look from all angles, lighting, and distances. We do not want this marring the landscape above the Sitgreaves forest affecting viewsheds for all those private properties east and west of it and driving through these from Winslow to the forest would be just horrible, right now it's the nicest drive and unbelievably wonderful at night and currently is one of the few areas people can effectively escape to "recharge". Many years ago you could just go right outside Palm Springs a couple of miles to do this. You could find a spot in the open space hear these mountains and sit and gaze at the stars or get some sun amidst fantastic natural beauty. Now you have to drive much further out which uses more energy or just stay in a hotel that has a mural of how life used to be without this wind mess energy disaster.
|I filmed this short display at night at the country's largest oldest wind farms just outside Palm Springs that have many newer turbines as well as older ones - it presents a very small section of the over 2000 wind turbines but it displays what would be seen by many properties at the same distance to the southern portion of the farm proposed by sPower - this view in my film is a distance of about 4 miles - Chevelon Acres and Chevelon Retreat would be subject to them much closer - I see these things whenever driving through that area of Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs up close and far away, they are horrible night and day and I expecially do not want that to happen to the gorgeous pristine night skies out there at Chevelon Canyon as that area is the most fantastic place to "recharge" without any such distractions, look at how disgusting they look even at twilight|
Actually it would be better to put a coal or nuclear plant there. The Joseph City Cholla coal plant as seen below is being phased out. So while a 49 square mile wind farm will have temporary construction jobs and 2 permanent hires, the coal plant employed 200 and was on 1/49th the land.
Here is an image of that, don't be scared, it's 99.99% water vapor coming out of those stacks. I guess that water vapor does affect seeing horizons but they don't have flashing red LED lights all night long. TV is what has really ruined things as it deludes the mind into believing that wind and solar are better.
photo by PDTillman and be sure to look at this photo of clouds that are THE CAUSE of climate change you have never ever seen in your life anywhere
This plant has provided efficient clean energy for decades but is now being phased out for chaotic wind as it's promised "new and improved" replacement of 49 square miles of wind turbine blight, and lest we not forget 89% of which so called "clean wind energy" will rely on fracking of natural gas use to make power reliably as backup and primary sources of Arizona's energy just like this plant did.
Meanwhile Navajo coal is being sold around the world to power to places like Communist China.
Notice the are dark sides of the billowing "smoke" that look so dirty, on the other of those same dark clouds of "smoke" is bright white like a puffy water vapor cloud, that is because that is exactly what most of this "smoke" is, water vapor and the small amounts of carbon dioxide is recycled efficiently by the Earth's natural heating and cooling processes which create clouds, rain, snow, wind, and additionally the Earth's plants processit as well in fact they rely on it.
Coal and it's carbon base and dioxides (2 parts oxygen) is very clean, what's dirty is the lies by the industrial complex that is pushing wind and solar causing more waste while transferring your energy and that of your children's children to them.
Life cannot exist on planet Earth without carbon and oxygen.
CRITIQUE OF SIMULATION IMAGES found in the Special Use Permit application submitted to Navajo County
49 square miles of turbines many hundreds of square
miles of viewshed ruined wild lives ruined. To get a sense of the incredible
size of this project imagine walking or driving 7 miles then driving or walking
another 7 miles to the right or left of that for a big 49 square mile footprint
that can be seen a diameter of 100 miles from center and from outer space. What
is the point if it's not even reducing carbon dioxide levels and actually uses
more fossil fuel energy!
BEFORE WE GO ANY FURTHER, take a look at the dark spot in the middle, that is Chevelon
Butte. It's a a little more than one square mile. The Joseph City coal plant
takes up about one square mile. It's just north of here at I-40. Chevelon Butte Wind will take up 49 square miles
yet only supply 1/2 of 1% of what a coal plant produces and wind farms also burn
up energy from other renewables and in the end counting all costs is costing
much more in our energy. Wind energy is unsustainable.
these larger ones were provided by developer in the SUP
smaller ones are my own
developer presented simulations that are very misleading
Just off Route 87 Jack's Canyon would see this farm.
Chevelon Butte is center right. Most turbines would be from left of it to the
right of it. This is looking northeast.
This image is a disingenous presentation - in this photo it's as if they don't even exist. Only on certain weather conditions would they be this "invisible". Often the top half of turbines would be visible from moderate to strong. They would appear much more prominent of stark white in many lighting conditions. Red flashing FAA required lighting all night long would be very noticible except in places where brush is there in this foreground. The flashing lights would destroy the serenity of how we 'recharge' when we go far from city lights and industry. If it were just normal city lights there it would be tolerable.
Seeing nothing but darkness is KEY element in the ability to 'recharge'. City lights in the distance are not even always that bad but red flashing lights mar that experience significantly. It is not likely the developer would install the systems that turn on when aircraft approaches as that has to be approved by FAA first and still they can stay on for 30 minutes after the aircraft leaves the area so they too could still be flashing all night long. Those systems have issues. I wonder if soaring Eagles trying to warn their friends that are hunting for mice could also make it turn on.
Driving paved Highway 87 facing north as in this next image
would see this farm very prominently much more than this
simulation presents in most lighting conditions. It is a
very disingenuous presentation to the public provided by project developer. Again they use cloud cover to disguise them but even so there are many
days that look like this that these can still be very very visible and as you
drive closer they become totally undeniably obvious and impossible to ignore. At
this distance you would definitely see them and maybe wonder why did they ruin
it here like this.
AS STATED IN THE SUP
KOP 3: State Route
87, Northbound (Coconino County)
This KOP represents the view of a vehicular
passenger traveling north on SR
87, southwest of the project
site. This view from the two-lane,
paved road is on a downward slope that ranges from one
hundred to a
above the base of the
turbines. The turbines
in the simulation
are located a
minimum of 4.79 milesfrom
the KOP. This view has minimal vegetation and
topographic obstructions of
Chevelon Butte and East Sunset Mountain; therefore,
be clearly visible to a casual
observer but at a distance that would not dominate
From this view,
would introduce to the landscape will be
moderate. This view was photographed
midday on May 14,
AS STATED BY KENNETH WEGOROWSKI: I know how these look from many angles at Palm Springs that features 2000+ of these turbines about 50% in size compared to what the developer plans to install (ones 755 feet) and they stand out horribly in many lighting conditions. Only certain more rare times with low haze/fog in the air do they look somewhat like how this simulation by sPower presents.
They present this legend:
The distance zones for evaluating impacts to scenery are:
•Middle Ground: one to 3miles
•Background: three to 5miles
level of perceived contrast between the proposed project
elements and the existing landscape is
classified using the following definitions:
•None: The contrast is not visible or perceived.
•Weak: The element contrast can be seen but does not attract attention.
•Moderate: The element contrast begins to attract attention and begins to dominate the characteristic landscape.
•Strong: The element contrast demands attention, would not be overlooked, and is dominant in the landscape.
I would deem it between closer to strong especially as you get closer.
On 1/7/2020 we had a rare day
around Palm Springs area
where the turbines looked a little like KOP3 with
the clouds and I noticed turbines were a bit less stark yet I have seen them 8
miles away and they stand out like in this next photo. The ones on the right are 8 miles away and about 550 feet tall.
These turbines in that image range from 30% to 65% the size of what they will install at Chevelon.
The camera I used is low quality yet you can even see how the ones far away on the right side (which are 8 miles away and are smaller than what would be installed at Chevelon) stand out on a cloudy day. The ones on the left are closer about 3 to 4 miles and are also not as big.
If I had a better camera for this you would really see just how stark and visible these are in the day. KOP3 does not show this correctly. Also the ones to the furthest left are in a dark zone as there's shadow cast from the 10,000 foot San Jacinto mountain that routinely darkens Palm Springs sooner than other areas of the desert.
As you can see those in the shadow of an entire mountain not just clouds are the only ones that look somewhat like sPower simulation above.
So what, did sPower use a
computer program from 1980 on floppy 5.25" disk to do
their simulation? I can't help but conclude they are
trying to deceive the public.
This next image shows these same ones at about 4 miles away and are about 35 to 60% the size of Chevelon Butte wind turbines so imagine these ones about 2x the size. Chevelon will have 175 of the newest models that are 60 stories high. That's like 175 Los Angeles skyscrapers strewn all over Chevelon Canyon and Butte and Los Angeles city center is no where near 49 square miles!
Notice the white snow is about 24 miles away at 4,000 feet on the right, and to
the left 38 miles away at 8,000 feet. That is basically how bright wind farms
appear, like fresh snow on trees and tree trunks after a fierce storm that
completely makes them white. This is REQUIRED by the FAA safety regulations so
flying things can see them.
sPower claimed in application they would make them blend
in to the scenery. THAT IS A LIE they cannot do this. How could Navajo County
even approve this when their own rules on these things states they must blend
in? They know the FAA regs as I confirmed but the public has been presented all
these images in open houses by sPower. This fraud. This is a $750 million project.
There is big money here. This all needs to be investigated. Spoiling such serene views with white wind propeller
burn energy that other wind farms and solar farms
produce is obscene. Developer and media outlets
routinely present lies about these projects not being seen from roads 87 and
This next image below is KOP 5 on the SUP and is said to represent driving south on 99 at 4.1 miles from the farm that the driver would see prominently. Public comments reflect an understanding that they would actually rise above the butte so this again is disengenuous.
This image does not represent the starkness and clear visibility of them well enough at all. They make them appear as white weeds just barely noticable. The reality is they would be very well seen RUINING that complete horizon by day and at night with red flashing lights and driving through them they will be DISORIENTING monstrocities even with no wind blowing but especially if the wind is blowing. Imagine driving and your kids are putting their toy propeller airplane in your face moving it all around while you are talking to someone on your cell phone and your child is also grabbing the phone to use the camera.
Another problem is when as you approach them at certain times of the day such as 3pm in winter when sun is lowering, when the blades are rotating they cast shadows on the center support structure so you see this flickering on them. It's like a flashing way up there above ground and it grabs your attention. There can be rows of this flashing in the air above you. Talk about driving distracted!
I notice this on Indian Canyon going north on 1/8/2020. It's so unnatural your eye wants to look at it as you scan the road as you are driving as your mind tells you it could be something to watch out for but you look and you know it's just a wind propeller rotating and you look at the road and still see it as it's right there in your periferal vision, like a child in the middle console in front or the seat for passengers, waving hands. You know they are there not in the road but it still gets your attention, it's distracting and this matter is not discussed much and certainly not presented in materials that push these products on the public.
Also take special note - look at the BRIGHT WHITE LINE on the road in KOP5 above - that is EXACTLY how those turbines would actually look bright white. They would be standing out ever so prominently and taller and thicker than in the simulation image.
They look HORRIBLE in real life.
IT WOULD RUIN THAT AREA FOR SO MANY YEARS
People drive into the Sitgreaves forest from I-40 to escape city life to
'recharge' then would be met with this dirty clean energy crap.
This next simulation is KOP 8 and is especially disengenuous. It shows only one more prominently as if it's a cute wind spinner looking out for us as seen on TV and it's younger cousin. This is stated to be a view from 4/10ths of a mile I guess from the one tallest to the right. THIS IS NOT HOW THEY WOULD LOOK THERE AT THIS SHORT DISTANCE. There is 5 more of the tallest one to the right outside this image. Next row about 1/2 mile out has 8. Image shows them hardly seen, you would see them. Then there is a massive sea covering the road up to 3 miles out.
In real life they are not barely visible, they are seen VERY WELL at this distance and there will be almost 170 of them there crossing 99 on both sides, you could see 100 as far as 6 miles away. Within that center rectangle I outlined they make it as if they are not even there. Again look at these in Palm Springs 3 to 8 miles.
Next are ones 2 miles away that are about 1/2 the size of those for Chevelon.
Next we can see the beauty of wind blight energy at I-10 in California. The ones
further away are visible and about that same distance of KOP8 on 99. Keep in
mind these are short. The ones on 99 will be about 2x as tall and these are from
.25 mile to 6 miles.
With a better camera you would see these so sharp and clear just how they look in person, not like how the developer simulation presents like they don't exist.
The wind industry does not want you to see them as they really are any more than some used car salesmen would want you to see or hear flaws of the car you are considering or you would most likely do what most everyone does and say "No thanks".
WIND FARMS ARE A FRAUD THEY ARE ENERGY TRANSFER SYSTEMS, YOUR ENERGY TO THEIRS
We should stop this horrible waste of energy and landscape blighting and transfer of your energy via tax subsidies and higher electricity rates that always keep kissing carbon dioxide clouds to nowhere.
Wind farms burn up energy from other wind farms and solar farms of the excess energy they create and the grid cannot deliver as it's chaotic energy. They depend on your $ energy to fuel them. They are wastes of our energy.
WE HAVE BEEN HAD
SPECIAL NOTE: I contacted all Board of Supervisors in Coconino County in December (when I had thought it would presented to them for a vote after planning department had uninimous 10 votes to approve) telling them they really should see these in person and that I would assist in giving them a tour if I can. No response. I felt that one point was imperative that they see these in person before voting on it (of course later I found out they would not vote at all on it just leaving it to planning). I have had absolutely no responses by anyone in either county by supervisors, only clerks. I doubt anyone is covering this matter for the public any more thoroughly than myself thus it's odd that they would not correspond with me at all on such an IMPACTFUL project of 175 obstructions. I find that unprofessional and delelict in public duty. In stark contrast I made a public comment on the Steel Winds project on Lake Erie near Buffalo and received a very professional response by official there. What is going on here? I cannot help but conclude that they have no interest as I oppose the project but that should not matter. It seems to me and others that the public comment period was a mere formality. If this project is so great they should easily be able to respond and present their case to rebut my claims of them wasting energy, or merely acknowledge what I offered as my opinion with gratitude. No such thing.
NOTES ON FAA REQUIRED LIGHTING: In the Special Use Permit application by sPower first they say "The obstruction lights within wind farms are typically synchronized to illuminate at the same time, 20–30 times per minute".
That would be bright red LED annoying lights flashing in winter a whopping 25,200 times per night.
They also say they would use safety lighting that turns on only when aircraft approaches. Which is it?
This may seem like a great solution to keep the night sky free of blinking red lights but these systems have problems all their own, and FAA must first approve this kind of system so it is by no means guaranteed and highly unlikely. FAA also considers all wind turbines of this project that are proposed regardless which of the 3 are selected to be OBSTRUCTIONS. Anything 499 feet and higher is an obstruction.
Since learning that I now consider all of these wind farms obstructionists. They are obstructing the peace and tranquility of our lands, our minds, our vistas, our and investments and should all be removed as things that ARE IN THE WAY and they are wastes of our energy. If red LED they use little energy so that is not the big issue but when turbines are turned on powered by the grid they use up a lot of energy even energy that is made by other wind farms that cannot be used.
In the FAA rules AC No. 70/7460-1L Section 13.8 says during construction they should be illuminated at night. Section 14.1 discusses proposed Aircraft Detection Lighting Systems. These can be on as long as 30 MINUTES! Section 4.2.2-1 states "In the event detection of the aircraft is lost while being continuously monitored within the 3 NM/1,000 foot (5.5 km/304 m) volume, the ADLS should initiate a 30-minute timer and keep the obstruction lights on until the timer expires." Section 4.2.2-2 states: "For ADLSs without the capability of monitoring aircraft targets in the 3 nm/1,000 foot (5.5 km/304 m) volume, the obstruction lights should stay on for a preset amount of time, calculated as follows: a. For single obstructions: 7 minutes. b. For groups of obstructions: (the widest dimension in nautical miles + 6) x 90 seconds equals the number of seconds the light(s) should remain on." Project is as wide as 13 miles + 6 = 19 x 90 seconds = 24 minutes. Acceptance of these systems is determined on a case by case basis by the FAA so this is not guaranteed they would be approved. They consider flight patterns and other factors. Standard bright red flashing lights are between 40 and 60 flashes per minute. Appendix A Figure A-26 shows that additional red flashing lights required on turbines over 699 feet high so the 3rd choice as presented by sPower would need those additional markers midway on the masts. Figure A-29 shows two configurations where not every turbine is lit but I have seen most all turbines lit here at Palm Springs. REF AC No. 70/7460-1L
Winslow mayor is for this project he must not understand how horrible it would make the night sky look from Winslow and how negatively it could affect tourism, I know I would not go to Winslow to visit or access Sitreaves forest knowing I'd have to drive through a sea of disgusting wind turbines and knowing that the mayor of Winslow supported it
Hutch Road from 377 and Forest Road 153 from Heber would be used for access in construction phase
Navajo County website shows application for special use permit in PDF 329 pages on page 15 makes mention of Hutch Road but further into the SUP on page 142 of 329 it shows the full route
view map showing the exact routes
Navajo County building codes state wind turbines must blend in with the surrounding landscape using tan but FAA requires white. I inquired with the county on this code, they said they will comply with FAA rules and that 2010 code is not updated as they are underserved with proper expertise and staff to update wind energy codes. The county has concerns about projects blending in not causing too much visual disturbance.
here's an image showing how awful they look in the pristine mountains of West Virginia
This project must be stopped. It's not serving a broader public interest only interests of those invested in using your tax subsidies for their gain. The only way to handle the issue of impact is saying no. Renewables inefficient. Even Bill Gates said that it's time we stop wasting our time with these. Northern California Humbolt County Planning Commission just voted a project down. Read the letter presented by the City of Rio Dell for some good points, one being was need for Performance Bond to take care of dimantling at end of life amongst other things such as the beauty being spoiled. Lompoc California outside Santa Barbars has just approved a project. I will not go visit there now as I am looking for places to go that don't have these monstrosities. It would be detrimental to toursim.
I have also learned that wind farms USE UP EXCESS ENERGY in the grid that is being produced by solar and other wind farms from around the entire US grid system. What is going on here? Is this project another "windfall" for developers and investment portfolios? How can anyone say this is in the public interest for us to build another renewable energy farm that produces energy for other farms to use up when there is too much supply?
The furthest sections of Chevelon Canyon Ranch to the east of the proposed wind farm would be about 13 miles away. I have seen the Palm Springs wind farms from 20 miles away and the flashing red lights remain starkly visible just smaller in size and they still look HORRIBLE from that distance.
Navajo County parcel search
view project map Chevelon Canyon Ranch forum
GEN-TIE connection to the grid was APPROVED on 10/28/2019
SPower (aka Sustainable Power Group LLC owned by AES Corporation has proposed a wind farm with 175 turbines covering 49 square miles that will rise 60 stories high like skyscrapers directly west of the entire Chevelon Canyon Ranch and Chevelon Acres and Chevelon Retreat properties at Chevelon Butte which would destroy viewsheds throughout this entire Arizona region including Mogollon Ranch off Route 87 and will even be visible from I-40.
This project must be stopped to save the viewscapes and wildlife there.
Have your counties use this money to build roads and bridges instead to save and renew energy. Our current administration in Washington is on this path already. Counties should be seeking subsidies for roads and saying no to wind farms that are NOT SUSTAINABLE.
look how Route 87 would look at night and photos and video of how Chevelon areas could look
FIRE DANGER: all it will take is a bolt of lightning or an electriclal malfunction to turn one of these spinning skyscraper turbines into a ball of fire raining down flaming oils and solvents all over the brush below to create another horror that could jump the canyon and destroy Chevelon area homes and land and there is no fire department out there we don't need 175 ready to light turbine match sticks threatening that area for decades to come
EMERGENCY RESPONSE DANGER: read letter from FIRE CHIEF Nate Blazer concerned about a rural wind farm project and their inability to service via air emergency response - they can't get in to the entire area of a smaller wind project there - this means that 49 square miles at Chevelon Butte is completely off limits to emergency air response reference
&nd the developer is disingenuous in presenting closest home is 2.6 miles from start of turbines, there are some manufactured homes much closer, if turbine stars fire at the 8 turbines at the base in Navajo County there would be no way to respond quick enough to save homes>
contact your representatives vote out O'Halleran in 2020 public hearings were September 16 - 19, 2019 meeting in Flagstaff where public comments can be made in person, online, by phone, email or regular mail there may be another meeting in December 4 > this meeting was about the GEN-TIE where they build small stations and lines that allow the wind farm to tie in to the high power lines that run through this region - staff at the Arizona Corporation Commission approves of these lines stating they believe it has the "potential to improve some aspects of reliability, resilence, and safety of the grid as well as power delivery in Arizona" - this seems to contradict other materials I have come across about grids being negatively affected by industrial scale wind farming projects sPower pulls their wind project out of Ohio sPower refiles their project in Ohio
read my public comment I have requested transcript of hearings
this first image is of Chevelon Canyon Ranch and Chevelon Acres and Chevelon Retreat properties that are directly east of the proposed wind project many of which would be exposed to a sea of flashing red lights at night and stark white wind turbines by day in the distance - to view just how bad it would make this pristine area look go here threat of wild fire is a huge concern after the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski fire consumed over 468,000 acres
Mogollon Ranch properties are around 600 - 800 feet above the proposed wind farm
this next image shows the Mogollon Ranch properties highest section at 6823 feet
the farm would be lower at about 6000 to 6200 feet
this next image shows broader view of the area - Coconino County is outlined in red
click on the image to visit their maps page - when there choose the "Parcel Viewer" to search properties
look how Route 87 would look at night
look at how Chevelon Butte Wind Farm would likely look in the day
new film on alternative energies claims we have been exposed to fraud
nuclear plants are being built all over the world
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THERE ARE MANY REASONS WHY THIS PROJECT SHOULD NOT BE BUILT
WE MUST VOICE OUR OPPOSITION AT THE NEXT EVENT AND WITH POLITICAL REPRESENTATIVES
PAST EVENT in Flagstaff on September 16th 1PM continuing 17th at 9am and 18th at 9am public comment September 16th at 6PM details
WE MUST COME TOGETHER AS COMMUNITIES AND SPREAD THE WORD ON STOPPING THIS PROJECT
WIND FARMING WASTES ENERGY
THEY ARE SOLD TO US IN VARIOUS MEDIAS AS SAVING US FROM CLIMATE CHANGE AND THEY DO NO SUCH THING
THEY DESTROY VIEWSCAPES FOR MILLIONS OF ACRES AROUND THEM
insectivorous bats are being massacred by wind energy one bat can eat between 500 and 1,000 mosquitoes and other insects in just one hour or about 6,000 per night…
& if this isn't bad enough I just found out wind farms are being used as ENERGY DUMPING GROUNDS to get rid of excess energy produced in the grid
what is going on here?
you can drive by them and see them spinning and they might be using up excess energy NOT producing it
are these more like movie sets presenting illusions?
who keeps telling us these are clean and good for us, those profiting from them? there sure are some heavy hitters pushing these things with ties to the energy they produce for their portfolios
Bill Gates says it's time we stop messing with renewables
they are ruining the planet
for those who subscribe to the vector spread disease theory this means that 175 wind turbines in that area will make people sick
that one West Nile or East Nile or South Nile virus could have been eaten by that bat that would have been alive without these monstrocities
to fix this our politicians and health dictators will present another endless array of industrialist solutions invoking chemical sprays
that if done would then cause other problems of killing more wildlife and the bandwagons play on and on and on and on
it's time we let nature handle these things more and more and leave the world free of the intrusions of industrial wind energy that waste energy
go here to view the
STOPChevelonButteWind.com homepage which has details on meetings and
current matters pertaining to the proposal to add a 168 turbine wind
farm covering 48 square miles just west of Chevelon Canyon
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