Sinking Wind Turbine is Troubling

Mar 1, 2012 Full story: Charlestown Patriot-Bridge 40

The Massachusetts Water Resource Authority's new wind turbine in Charlestown has apparently sunk about 2 inches causing significant worry that the structural integrity of the 426,000 pound turbine is at risk.

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Former Everett Resident

New York, NY

#1 Mar 2, 2012
They need to fire everyone who approved this monstrosity because any idiot knows you need to do your homework and find out about the soil and conditions beforehand. Besides that I still see no monetary value given back to the U.S. taxpayer in terms of energy discounts of the electric bill for this windmill crap. They need to advertise that if there is a benefit other than to the people who put the turbine there.

So it's sinking... how much more money are they gonna soak taxpayers to fix this problem???
Unbelievable! Again politicans have no accountability for their "idiotic" and "careless" spending. Unbelievable.
truth and reality

Boston, MA

#2 Mar 2, 2012
How much more stimulus money is gonna get picked out of my pocket to fix this thing now?

How long before it crashes into the new bridge?

They REALLY need to STOP 'fixing' things around here.
Everett resident

Everett, MA

#3 Mar 2, 2012
NOTE: No one will be fired, or even 'written up'-- remember, this is the MWRA -- all hacks and it shows doesn't it....If this wasn't such a serious problem, it would be laughable they could do something like this....

I think I'll go through Wellington Circle to get to Boston - safer route...
No It All

Malden, MA

#4 Mar 2, 2012
You are aware that sometime after the Rt. 99 bridge is completed, the bridges on Rt. 16 between Everett and Wellington Circle are scheduled to be replaced too.
well

Boston, MA

#5 Mar 2, 2012
No It All wrote:
You are aware that sometime after the Rt. 99 bridge is completed, the bridges on Rt. 16 between Everett and Wellington Circle are scheduled to be replaced too.
hahahahahahahahahahahaha <gasp> hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah
<gasp-breathe> hahahahahahabwahahaha bwhahahahaha

Perfect,
that ought to kill the commute till at least 2020.
Bill Carson

Mattapoisett, MA

#6 Mar 3, 2012
Wind Turbine Failures Another Big Dig in Massachusetts

http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2012/02/28/cha...

Charlestown turbine settling won’t be an issue for Fairhaven, developer says
Credit: By BETH PERDUE, www.southcoasttoday.com 27 February 2012 ~~

FAIRHAVEN — A Charlestown wind turbine, installed by the same firm building Fairhaven’s turbines, has been shut down until engineers can stabilize the ground beneath it.

The turbine, the same model as Fairhaven’s with a similar foundation design, was shut down after having settled more than expected in a regularly scheduled three-month test, according to Sumul Shah, Lumus Construction president.

Shah is one of three developers of Fairhaven’s wind turbines and his firm is installing two Fairhaven turbines near the town’s sewage treatment plant off Arsene Street.

But while the two projects share common traits, Shah is confident Fairhaven’s turbines won’t encounter the same problems for one main reason: Fairhaven’s turbines are being built on bedrock.

“Fairhaven is on bedrock and we’re drilling anchors into bedrock,” said Shah.“Rock doesn’t move.”

In contrast, the Charlestown turbine was built on a landfill.

“That’s the big difference,” said Shah.“I think the people of Fairhaven can rest assured there isn’t the same kind of issue there.”
The Charlestown turbine was shut down in January as a safety precaution but is not in any danger of falling over, Shah said.

“A turbine has more force on it when it’s running compared to when it’s not, so as a safety precaution we’re not running it,” he said.

On Friday, the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority, which operates the turbine, posted a notice on its website acknowledging the settling and describing work being done to stiffen or reinforce the foundation.

“While the structure has settled, it remains level and plumb and all components remain operationally ready,” the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority wrote.

Shah said the plan is to inject grout into the ground, a solution that has succeeded in the past.

“The problem is it’s not stable enough, so we’ll add a cementitious material into the ground and it will make it more stable,” he said.
sailor

Fruithurst, AL

#7 Mar 3, 2012
good as long as you don't run it everything will bo ok.
uses

Boston, MA

#8 Mar 3, 2012
sailor wrote:
good as long as you don't run it everything will bo ok.
Yep, its a $5million landmark,
useful for saying such things as;

"Drive by the broken windmill"

"Slow down when you get to the broken windmill"

"That bridge sucks, you know, the one next to the broken windmill"
uses

Boston, MA

#9 Mar 3, 2012
Bill Carson wrote:
Wind Turbine Failures Another Big Dig in Massachusetts
http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2012/02/28/cha...
Charlestown turbine settling won’t be an issue for Fairhaven, developer says
Credit: By BETH PERDUE, www.southcoasttoday.com 27 February 2012 ~~
FAIRHAVEN — A Charlestown wind turbine, installed by the same firm building Fairhaven’s turbines, has been shut down until engineers can stabilize the ground beneath it.
The turbine, the same model as Fairhaven’s with a similar foundation design, was shut down after having settled more than expected in a regularly scheduled three-month test, according to Sumul Shah, Lumus Construction president.
Shah is one of three developers of Fairhaven’s wind turbines and his firm is installing two Fairhaven turbines near the town’s sewage treatment plant off Arsene Street.
But while the two projects share common traits, Shah is confident Fairhaven’s turbines won’t encounter the same problems for one main reason: Fairhaven’s turbines are being built on bedrock.
“Fairhaven is on bedrock and we’re drilling anchors into bedrock,” said Shah.“Rock doesn’t move.”
In contrast, the Charlestown turbine was built on a landfill.
“That’s the big difference,” said Shah.“I think the people of Fairhaven can rest assured there isn’t the same kind of issue there.”
The Charlestown turbine was shut down in January as a safety precaution but is not in any danger of falling over, Shah said.
“A turbine has more force on it when it’s running compared to when it’s not, so as a safety precaution we’re not running it,” he said.
On Friday, the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority, which operates the turbine, posted a notice on its website acknowledging the settling and describing work being done to stiffen or reinforce the foundation.
“While the structure has settled, it remains level and plumb and all components remain operationally ready,” the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority wrote.
Shah said the plan is to inject grout into the ground, a solution that has succeeded in the past.
“The problem is it’s not stable enough, so we’ll add a cementitious material into the ground and it will make it more stable,” he said.
Everett is the bad example others use to describe the worst possible result.....

Again.

Lumus should built the Cape Wind turbines too,
would be fun watching them slowly sink into the ocean.
Its Boston

Medford, MA

#10 Mar 3, 2012
uses wrote:
<quoted text>
Everett is the bad example others use to describe the worst possible result.....
Again.
Lumus should built the Cape Wind turbines too,
would be fun watching them slowly sink into the ocean.
Can't blame this on Everett, this is on Boston land and the MWRA is a state agency.
well

Boston, MA

#11 Mar 3, 2012
Its Boston wrote:
<quoted text>
Can't blame this on Everett, this is on Boston land and the MWRA is a state agency.
Call it Boston,
but the phone number for the MWRA pumping station built on that lot starts with 387.

Since: Apr 08

Cambridge, MA

#12 Mar 4, 2012
Just a thought, that if the Turbine was to fall and it fell in the direction of the Electrical Plant across the street, what would happen ??

Would a piece of MA be incinerated ??
Everett resident

Everett, MA

#13 Mar 4, 2012
Yea probably .... certainly they didn't employe the 'best engineers' for this project did they ??? No common sense to do something like that on filled land.....
Sally Reynolds

Mattapoisett, MA

#14 Mar 4, 2012
Fairhaven Massachusetts:

WINDWISE MEETING



There will be an important Windwise meeting
What everybody needs to know before the Turbines go up

When: This Monday March 5, 2012

Where: Northeast Maritime Institute

Please join us – 7:00 PM

There is documentation that there are negative health impacts from turbines. Unfortunately this could happen to you. Be prepared. Please come so that you can obtain vital information concerning health and safety forms and record keeping for yourself, your parents, and your children.
what a load of bull

Boston, MA

#15 Mar 6, 2012
So,
they stopped the windmill as a precautionary measure.

But it's really no big deal,
nope,
no problemo.
Everything is great,
wonderful even.
Such a easy, simple fix,
doncha worry your pretty little heads.

OK, great,
but why isn't anyone working on it NOW?

Yep,
our $5m pinwheel has down for months,
but believe us when we tell you,
it's a simple simple easy fix,

yup

nothing to see here folks.
Everett resident

Everett, MA

#16 Mar 6, 2012
The famous MWRA folks with their 'fancy pinwheel'... yep !!!!! Anyone see any savings yet ??? No ??? I didn't think so. Just wait til you get your water & sewer bill in a few weeks....
Everett

Everett, MA

#17 Mar 7, 2012
uses wrote:
<quoted text>
Yep, its a $5million landmark,
useful for saying such things as;
"Drive by the broken windmill"
"Slow down when you get to the broken windmill"
"That bridge sucks, you know, the one next to the broken windmill"
hilarious
MWRA

Durham, NC

#18 Mar 7, 2012
MWRA

Make Windmill Rotate Again
MWRA

Durham, NC

#19 Mar 7, 2012
MWRA

Monstrous
Windmill
Rate
Assessment
MWRA

Durham, NC

#20 Mar 7, 2012
Massive
Windmill
Repair
Again

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