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Shell Bear River Wind Project Canned

News of a press release announcing the termination of the wind project is up at the Times-Standard and the North Coast Journal.  The press release, both sites report, cites unfavorable market conditions and transportation logistics as reasons for the cancellation.

  1. Amazed at the insanity
    July 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Thank God!

  2. Ridge Neighbor
    July 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm


  3. SNaFU
    July 10, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    The “White House” should toss in $50,000,000 for another study session and a throw a hell of a party for those of us behind the “Redwood Curtain” + free solar panels for all……….

  4. Thirdeye
    July 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Heaven forbid we should ever develop the transportation infrastructure to make such a project viable. As our grower friends from Petrolia know, the mainstream economy is for suckers!

  5. July 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Now we’ve lost both the wave power project and the wind power one. WTG, environmentalists!

  6. steak n eggs
    July 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    It was dead on arrival. No surprise really.

  7. Festered
    July 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    They figured out how to extract the remaining oil reserves from our country.Plus the Keystone Pipeline is going in.We are supposed to be energy independent here soon.

  8. What Now
    July 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm


  9. Ponder z
    July 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    speaking of CANNED, I dont see anything about the Richardson grove fake lawsuit. The judge bitchslapped it out of court. But no rebuttal here on the H?

  10. High Finance
    July 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Nobody can do anything in California. Can’t drill for oil, can’t build new refineries and now wind power is also out.

    18th century here we come !

  11. Labtech
    July 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Another victory for our homegrown parasites: the pot growers. They make millions, pay no taxes, pull out kids into drug dealing and wreck each and every business plan the moment it appears.

  12. Matt
    July 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Can someone explain to me how environmentalists (Fred), the state of California (High Finance), and pot growers (Labtech) are responsible for “unfavorable market conditions and transportation logistics”?

  13. July 11, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Unfavorable market conditions is another way of saying it isn’t worth the hassle of trying to set up any sort of business here.

  14. Gil Yule
    July 11, 2012 at 6:56 am

    I’m confused about the general tone of happiness here on the Herald about this failed project. I find myself in the awkward position of agreeing with our more conservative posters.

    For the life of me I can’t see where our losing local, green energy sources is a good thing. The alternatives are unsustainable and doing such terrible damage to the environment. I can’t believe the objections to wind power are purely aesthetic (and that’s debatable, I find windmills to be graceful and lovely) and I certainly hope it’s not based on the fact that we don’t drill for our energy here locally but leech it from others.

  15. Ponder z
    July 11, 2012 at 7:12 am

    wind power is a tax sham, and fine for the desert, but not here on a ocean view hilltop. Oil, coal, and ng, are a viable energy but you cant believe the lies. Fracking is an issue and should be stopped. We buy form others to reserve our own. Get the truth before you start spewing the lies.

  16. Bolithio
    July 11, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Ponder z says:
    July 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    speaking of CANNED, I dont see anything about the Richardson grove fake lawsuit. The judge bitchslapped it out of court. But no rebuttal here on the H?

    I too consider the silence on this issue odd – especially considering the dozens of threads we have had prior to the epic conclusion. (LOL)

  17. Festered
    July 11, 2012 at 7:21 am

    There is a surplus of natural gas because of fracking.There is expected to be a surplus of oil in this country in 15 years.Plus,car and light truck fuel economy standards are being dramatically increased.The race for alternative energy is slowing.

  18. Mitch
    July 11, 2012 at 7:39 am


    Speaking for myself and not Heraldo, I generally post when I think something will not be covered at all by the commercial press or when I think the coverage by the commercial press will be so one-sided that it’s helpful to have a discussion at the Herald.

    When a judge tells Caltrans it has filed lies with the court, I consider that on-target for posting. When a local judge throws EPIC out of court, I don’t worry that the T-S will fail to notice.

    If you think the Herald is your one and only go-to news source for Humboldt, you have big problems.

  19. Bolithio
    July 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Mitch, Sure EPIC getting thrown out of court is not news worthy (it happens all the time!). And Im not looking for the news – I know what happened.

    Yet this case, which has been such a huge issue for this community, and this blog in particular, one would think deserves closure. I think it speaks volumes that the Herald is just going to quietly ignore the outcome of this – presumably because the outcome wasn’t favorable (where as the judge found EPIC to be out-of line, not CALTRANS). Its a little disappointing, thats all.

  20. Mitch
    July 11, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Sorry you’re disappointed, but there’s an unlimited amount of bad news I’m not going to bother to post about.

    As for closure on Richardson Grove, as opposed to closure on EPIC’s court case, I’d be surprised if this judge’s decision is closure. Maybe we can all check back in a generation or two, and see what this supposedly vital “realignment” has accomplished for Humboldt and the world.

  21. July 11, 2012 at 8:09 am

    The court’s decision is getting discussed right here on the Herald, on this very thread.

    If I come across information not covered elsewhere (where it is getting extensive attention) I will post it.

    But this decision is not the final word on the two lawsuits, so “closure” can not be provided by the Herald.

  22. Guest
    July 11, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Could plummeting natural gas prices have anything to do with this project getting ax’d?

  23. Anonymous
    July 11, 2012 at 8:42 am

    To address a few previous comments relating to Shell’s rescinded project: blame should not be placed on the “environmentalists” – they seemed to be split down the middle on this complex issue. Much of the opposition came from local residents (liberal and conservative) who were justifiably concerned about impacts to their quality of life. However, the biggest source of blame, IMO, are the insane subsidies to the oil industry that support the quest to drain the planet dry and keep oil prices low enough that it is not economically advantageous to move towards renewables.

  24. Anonymous
    July 11, 2012 at 8:44 am

    …and cheap natural gas which we obtain through fracking in other parts of the country and rely on happily in Humboldt.

  25. Mayor Snorkum
    July 11, 2012 at 10:22 am

    A key phrase in Shell’s decision is ““the price for power from renewable sources has come down more than 30 percent in the last two years,” making the market conditions unfavorable”.

  26. Thirdeye
    July 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

    This should be a lesson about the consequences of the transportation hurdle that isolates Humboldt County. It has consequences far beyond this one project.

  27. tra
    July 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Was the problem with “transportation logistics” a matter of getting the equipment into Humboldt County, or a matter of getting it up onto Bear River Ridge…or both?

  28. Matt
    July 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Bear River Ridge. Taking the turbines up there was going to be a giant engineering headache.

  29. A-nony-mouse
    July 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Of course, the fact that the energy produced had little demand in Humboldt county might have played a role. Shell would have had to build hi-voltage power lines over the mountains to Red Bluff, a remarkably expensive and potentially contraversial project in itself. Now let’s focus on some Short Sea Shipping and save ourselves a pile of energy!

  30. Thirdeye
    July 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    2:33, high voltage power lines already cross the mountains to Red Bluff. Learn the concept of “energy grid.”

    There was a plan to engineer better access up the Wildcat Grade, but the logistics in and out of Humboldt County were prohibitive.

  31. Just Middle Eye
    July 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    The logistics in and out of Humboldt County were prohibitive. There; I said it, that settles it. Now you all are as smart as the Third Eye.

  32. Anonymous
    July 16, 2012 at 11:07 am

    A very powerful argument against wind power:

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