REPORT FROM FISHER:
We were informed by folks at the base of the
mountain that for strategic reasons there would be no risking arrest today, and
that there was police presence on the mountain so we should expect to be asked
to leave, and we should comply.
As I was getting
my daypack on down at the car I could hear the back-up signal on the heavy
equipment up on the ridge. Last time I
was here it was quiet at the bottom, quiet for the first part of the hike, and
then as you got up onto the steep part you started to hear the machinery. Now you can hear it from down in the
valley. Lichen and I started our hike up
toward camp in a snow flurry; blowing flakes, a cold wind, perfect weather for
hiking. As we approached camp the sound
of machinery grew louder. We didn’t see
any people around as we came up through the woods toward the campsite, but as
we got closer I noticed a man in a reflective vest right at our campsite; I
thought probably GMP security. He turned
as soon as he saw me and ran toward the crane path, presumably to fetch law
enforcement. Lichen and I set down our
packs in camp, which seemed oddly deserted; no sign of a fire today and none of
our friends around. I took out my camera
in time to see a number of sheriffs approaching rapidly through the woods, and
a GMP security official with a video camera trained on us. We greeted the Orleans County
sheriff cordially, and were asked if we had been served with the restraining
order yet. We answered that we hadn’t,
and the sheriff handed us each a copy and took down our names. He informed us that if we were found within
1000 feet of the property line within two hours of blasting time on any day
from now forward, we would be arrested.
He was thorough, and cordial, and we told him that we understood and
that we were peaceful protesters, had nothing against them, and that we were
here because we thought what GMP was doing to the mountain was wrong.
After propping up
my sign near the firepit (“ridgelines are not renewable”), Lichen and I started
down the trail, followed by several sheriffs who came as far as the 1000’
marker to head off any other folks who might be coming up the mountain. Lichen offered them cookies, but they
Well, folks, we
came down the mountain today when we were asked to, because that was the best
decision with the big picture in mind, but if on Monday the big picture is
different and it allows for arrests to be part of our strategy, we need to be
back in force. Not just Monday, but every
day next week.
Photo: Is this Green Energy?
There was an early blast this morning. 2 uniformed State Police are on site, accompanied by personnel in black/grey — handlers with dogs. And some folks from Sheriff’s office. There is apparently a “phantom in camo” that they are pursuing. They stopped one person on his way up the trail. He has his black powder shot gun, they asked for ID when they ran into him again. He had his hunting license. They know who he is and did not try to restrict him in any way.
Report was that four folks were there and on the line for the first blast. They refused to move without being told to do so by the Sheriff. When he did, they moved.
From what the Sheriff said it seems that folks had to stay 1,000 ft from the property line, not the blast site.
FACT FOR THE DAY:
How many homes can one wind turbine provide power for? We’ve all heard different answers to this question ranging from 300 to 12,000 homes. Well, let’s do the math. Electrical usage is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh) so we must figure out the kWh production of one turbine. One GE 1.5MW wind turbine has a rated generation capacity of 1.5 megawatts maximum output. In reality, because of wind inconsistency and down time, actual output averages between 17-30% (in California the average is 20%). We’ll allow a generous 23% capacity factor. 1.5MW X .23 = .345MW or 345kW actual output. There are 8760 hours in a year (365 X 24), so the equation to figure out how many kWh one turbine produces in a year would be 345kW X 8760 = 3,022,200kWh. The average U.S. household in 2001 used 10,656kWh (U.S. DOE). So, 3,022,200 divided by 10,656 = 284 homes. However, one turbine couldn’t consistently power even one home because of the intermittent generation. So the correct answer is one turbine and one coal plant could power 284 homes.
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