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Above is a picture of a farmhouse in Dekalb, Ill.  The turbines in the picture are GE 1.5 MW that are 398' base to blade tip.  The rotor diameter is 271' as well. 

You can read their daily journal and more about them at Life With Dekalb Turbines.


The blades from the 25 turbines, shown above, at the Kumeyaay Wind project at the Campo Indian Reservation, California, were removed after a storm on December 7, 2009 brought winds that topped 70 mph, causing extensive damage. 

Would you want to be driving that highway?  Our Umatilla County wind siting changes would allow a turbine to be 110% if it's height from a highway. 


These firefighters in Germany are following standard protocol for burning turbines. This involves standing by and permitting the turbine to burn out while arresting potential spread from fragments that fall to the ground.

Pink Blues

This is a picture taken from the M-F Cemetery in late winter during sunset.  Just one example of the beauty of our area.

View from Ingle Chapel

This view is from the Old Walla Walla Highway at Ingle Chapel, north of Milton-Freewater.

County Road View of Blues

This is a view from County Road, west of Milton-Freewater.

Next? View from south hill

Will the view of turbines west be seen next east of Milton-Freewater
 in the Blue Mountains?

Examples of the size of industrial wind turbines are shown below.

 Jumbo jet & turbine       Spofford grain elevator & turbine        Wind turbine & library

1.  Boeing 747 jumbo jet compared to wind turbine.

2.  Spofford grain elevator with the Blue Mountains in background compared to superimposed wind turbine.

3.  Familiar structures in landscape in comparison to wind turbine with Milton-Freewater Public Library at base of turbine.


 Setback Views of local cities and towns

Current setback standards from residentially zoned land is 3520 feet.  The Umatilla County Planning Commission sent to the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners recommendations to current industrial wind siting standards a distance from all residences of 2 miles.

 The UC Board of Commissioners are considering a setback of 1 mile.  Oregon's noise setback of 36 decibels (dba) already shows a setback of more than 1 mile, to two miles. 

Below are maps of local cities and towns showing current setbacks.   One mile equals 5280 feet.  The 1 mile is only 1/3 mile more than currently shown boundaries.  The 3520 foot setback was originally set when turbines first came to the US.  This distance was recommended by the wind turbine industry when turbines were only about 180 feet tall and smaller nacelles (engines). 

The distance has not changed since they first came to our area in the 1990's, and the wind industry has recommended distances even closer, even though they are known to be much larger, 400 feet plus, and much larger nacelles.

Research from around the United States and around the world demonstrate people have fewer problems with the noise and vibration, as well as shadow-flicker, sun-glint, and ice-throw the wider the distance is between industrial wind turbines and where people live.

Take a look at the pictures below and tell us what you think at


MF setback view

Milton-Freewater setback above,
panoramic below with turbines placed.

M-F Pano with turbines


Athena setback view

Athena setback above,
panoramic below with turbines.

Athena pano with turbines


Adams setback view

Weston setback above,
panoramic below with turbines.

Weston pano with turbines


Weston setback view

Adams setback above,
panoramic below with turbines.

Adams pano with turbines