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Wind: Green or Brown?

WHITE DEER, TEXAS - Just outside of White Deer, wind energy looks more brown than green -- oil is seeping down the sides of turbines.

As a professor in the field for more than 30 years, Kenneth Starcher is a wind energy expert. He says he knows exactly what's going on because it's happened elsewhere too. The White Deer turbines are about nine years old, and their seals are probably wearing out - despite the fact they were designed to last about 20 years.

Manufacturers have already started looking for solutions, but for a little perspective, the WT professor estimates about 200 gallons of oil have leaked from this wind farm over seven or so years. In the gulf oil leak, that same amount comes out about every seven seconds.

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