Saturday, February 25, 2006

Windpower For Humboldt

I was taken aback by the photo accompanying this article in the Eureka Reporter about the proposals to expand the power plant out in Fairhaven with wind turbines. I do look across the bay on occasion and never noticed wind turbines out there. Then, after reading more closely I noticed they said it was a photo illustration so I guess they must have added the windmills to the photo to show what the're plan would look like, if realized.

That's a neat idea. I'm all for it. I wonder if any of the local enviros will oppose the project as those windmills have a reputation for killing any birds that fly into them?

While they're at it out there, maybe someone will take down that ugly shell of the old mill right across the bay from the Del Norte Street Pier? What an eyesore that is.


At 8:21 AM, Blogger Bill G said...

Sure, they will oppose it, especially the 'wave' generators. Seems like a great plan, as Humboldt rarely has a shortage of wind and waves.

At 8:53 AM, Blogger geobell said...

Re: "maybe someone will take down that ugly shell of the old mill right across the bay from the Del Norte Street Pier? What an eyesore that is."

Ditto for the concrete eyesore behind the Bayshore Mall. I wonder who owns all these abandoned structures? Is this some more public land that we must fight to preserve?

At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city owns Parcel 4 behind the Mall. They haven't done anything with it (like sell it) because there is no access... not until the Waterfront Drive extension is finished. That is unlikely right now as the RR owns the right of way where most of the road needs to go and the Coastal Commission says they can't build it anyway. But of course the City is still committed to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on the project with studies and plans. Great to keep the city staff employed.

At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW - That ugly shell accroos from the Del Norte pier is (I believe) now owned by Arkley.

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Are you sure Arkley owns it? I know he bought the Dog Ranch property, but that's quite a ways from that old mill.

If he does own it, good. He's got the money to do something about it.

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

April 28, 2005 NCJ -

Arkley is in "final negotiations" with Simpson Paper Co. for two properties on the Samoa Peninsula: 250 acres at the former Simpson pulp mill site, and another 200 acres known as "Dog Ranch," a "lovely piece of property" located just west of the Samoa Bridge, where the lumber barons' hunting dogs were kept in bygone years, said Brian Morrissey, senior vice president of acquisitions and development at Security National.

Both purchases are expected to be completed by July.

The pulp mill is "one of the best industrial sites left in the county," Morrissey said, given its large size, its deepwater port and its proximity to Eureka. He would not name the price or what might be developed there, but that a number of potential tenants were interested, possibly for light manufacturing or warehousing.

At 1:31 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Well, good. Hopefully he'll be quick in cleaning that mess up.

At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ban Industrial Wind Turbines!

Do some research on the impact of these things. Supporting something because the corporate folk label it as green is acting on misinformation. Saving the planet will take conservation and individual change.


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