Falmouth Wind Turbine -How Was It Purchased ?
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#1 Sep 12, 2011
Federal Stimulus Funds misspent ?
How to purchase something twice in Massachusetts using a semi quasi state agency !
How in the world did the Town of Falmouth buy two turbines in 2010 valued at 5.2 million each through the MTC ? The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative bought these two turbines in 2004 and kept them in a warehouse at $3300.00 per month until the politically embarrassing turbines were sold to the Town of Falmouth through some Beacon Hill backdoor deal with our federal funds in 2010.
How did stimulus funds get used for two turbines that were so old they had NO warranty left on them ? These turbines were sold like a used car !
The federal prosecuters need to probe this whole deal !
Notice of a Regional Project Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to the Town of Falmouth, MA
AGENCY: Environmental Protection
SUMMARY: The EPA is hereby granting a waiver of the Buy America requirements of ARRA Section 1605 under the authority of Section 1605(b)(2)[manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality] to the Town of Falmouth, Massachusetts for the purchase of a foreign manufactured wind turbine to be installed at its existing wastewater treatment facility
Friday, August 8, 2008
MTC puts mothballed wind turbines on auction block
As a result, the two turbines, originally purchased in 2005 for $5.2 million each went on sale last week
#2 Oct 3, 2011
Will the wind study be honest or will it be another Beacon Hill back door deal ? On Beacon Hill the truth is a lie and a lie is the truth ! Why does Gov Patrick think 50 families are not telling the truth while Massachusetts Senate President Theresa Murray is worried about their health !
RFQ ID: MassCEC 2012-CW-02
Turbine went into operation in March 2010 and not long thereafter became the subject of strenuous complaints from some members of the nearby community regarding noise impacts. Beginning in June 2010 the Town
convened a technical team and launched a public process to understand and address the complaints.Information on this process is available at http://www.falmouthmass.us/deppage.php... .
A second Town-owned Vestas V82 wind turbine has been erected at the waste water treatment plant site and is expected to go in.
Your legislators and town/city boards and administration have received the following information. Please ask them to communicate with the Commissioners of MA DEP and MA DPH and insist that these agencies fulfill their obligations to the citizens of our Commonwealth. Please pass this message along to other MA citizens.
Below please find links to a letter written to the MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the MA Department of Public Health (DPH) senior staff members and attachments referenced in the letter.
Exhibit A-1 Shepherd NAH_2011
Exhibit A-2 Nissenbaum_et_al_ICBEN2011_015 8_final-1
Exhibit A-3 Phillips-1
Exhibit B - 110928_MassCEC_RFP_Falmouth
#3 Oct 3, 2011
We need to think how quickly the military troops become tuned into what is called a stealth military battle tank. The US battle tanks are called stealth battle tanks but I can assure you that when one of these 60 ton tanks gets within thousands of feet of ground troops, they all hear and understand what that low pitched hum and vibration of those gears turning towards them!
This is the same type of noise that residents around commercial wind turbines hear. It’s low pitched and sends out vibrations through the air. The turning of thousands of gears in a heavy gear oil can never be completly tuned out.
The US military tank has a turbine. The inner workings of a turbine engine, as used in the M1 Abrams include over 1000 moving parts just like a commercial wind turbine. The Abrams tank uses a turbine power-plant as opposed to a traditional diesel engine. This was chosen because it offers a better power to weight ratio and is much smaller in size.
The M1 Abrams military tank and the commercial wind turbine nacelle (or what is called the motor) weigh about the same, around 60 tons.
The gear noise of 1000 gears turning at the same time are what is called the “wind turbine syndrome.” I’m sure that any ground troops that hear an Abrams tank 2500 feet from them quickly become tuned into the sound of the gears of that military tank!
#4 Oct 12, 2011
Paging Ms. Sally
By Boston Herald Editorial Staff
Saturday, May 28, 2011 - Updated 3 months ago
Memo to “Sally Reynolds”: When did this deal begin to smell?
It was one of the stranger moments in yesterday’s federal court testimony by Gov. Deval Patrick, called as a witness in the corruption trial of former Speaker Sal DiMasi.
Patrick testified about a breakfast meeting with the speaker and U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano, who was on a sort of peacemaking mission. The two men talked about their legislative priorities and at the end the speaker said,“Don’t forget, that contract’s important.” The reference was to a contract for performance management software, the one DiMasi is accused of getting a kickback for delivering.
Exiting the Four Seasons breakfast, Patrick sent a message on his Blackberry to his Administration and Finance Secretary Leslie Kirwan:“Spkr’s interest. Please call me.” The message was sent from a “Sally Reynolds.” Patrick told the court it’s a name he uses for personal e-mails. But how “personal” is a message from a sitting governor to the highest ranking appointee in his administration about a legislative priority of the speaker’s? This isn’t “Honey, I’ll be home late for dinner.” This is a message meant NOT to be available under a freedom of information request, a message likely unavailable to anyone short of an FBI inquiry.
That was in July 2007 and it was hardly the first time DiMasi — remember, a man earlier testimony showed was so technologically inept he didn’t use e-mail — was expressing interest in a fairly sophisticated software program. Did that not seem odd to anyone?
Still the bond bill passes, including some $17.5 million for two contracts. The contracts shortly thereafter appear headed for a specific vendor. Patrick says he spoke to his staff:“I told them that if we could do it within the rules, go ahead. But if we couldn’t, then go in a different direction.”
(The contract was awarded to Cognos and later rescinded after a critical report by the inspector general.)
So we repeat the original question: When did this deal begin to smell?
#5 Oct 12, 2011
"In late 2005/early 2006, a year or so after DiMasi became Speaker, his close friend Jay Cashman suddenly became really interested in building wind turbines in Buzzards Bay. This seemed like folly, because the Ocean Sanctuary Act explicitly prohibited construction and operation of offshore electric-generating stations in those waters.
Nevertheless, in early 2006 Cashman created a subsidiary, Patriot Renewables, and began filing the paperwork and doing the environmental reviews.
In November 2007, just before passage of the Green Communities Act, DiMasi had an amendment dropped into a "bundle" of consolidated amendments, passed without debate and without any notification to members, to open up Buzzards Bay for wind turbine development.
Environmental groups went ballistic, and DiMasi was forced to take that language out before the senate would go along with the overall bill.
So, a couple of months later, he attached the same provision to the Oceans Management Act, this time allowing floor debate (but no hearings or other review) to placate the opponents. And, of course, the house went along and passed it, and it became part of the final law.
A few weeks after I mentioned this in my article, the Boston Globe -- in an article questioning that move, along with DiMasi's equally shady support for Cashman's Fall River LNG facility -- quoted DiMasi denying he had ever discussed the wind turbine project with Cashman. In fact, as the Globe later revealed, Cashman had been in DiMasi's office in October 2007, specifically lobbying him to ease the permitting rules for wind farms in Buzzards Bay, just a couple of weeks before that first attempt to slip it into the energy bill.
It must be mentioned that in both attempts to slip the change into legislation, the amendments came out of the House Ways & Means Committee. That Committee was chaired by Robert DeLeo, who is now Speaker. DeLeo, as I have previously written, had a practice of making DiMasi-suggested changes to bills that in theory needed to be voted on by the entire Ways & Means Committee; in practice, committee members often learned of the changes via email informing them that they had voted it out of committee.
Bear in mind that, certainly by the second time this amendment was put through, there was plenty of warning coming from environmental groups and others (including angry representatives like the Cape's John Quinn) that this was, on its face, a bald-faced end-run of normal environmental laws and regulations, to benefit one developer who was extremely close friends with the Speaker. The House nevertheless voted overwhelmingly in favor of adopting the amendment"
#6 Nov 1, 2011
This is all about a bunco schmeme on Beacon Hill
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