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Turbines would damage range - Wind power project's benefits to Maine people doubtful

The land above 2700 feet in Maine's mountains has been protected from development since 1972. According to state regulations, a rezoning like the one Maine Mountain Power is requesting in order to build the project must meet stringent criteria. The proposed development must fit "harmoniously into the existing natural environment," and it must satisfy "a demonstrated need in the community and area." It must provide a "public benefit." This project does not meet these criteria.
27 Aug 2006

Researchers work to ensure survival of a rare songbird

"It's a difficult bird to study because it's distributed across a fragmented range of mountaintops which we sometimes refer to as 'sky islands.' We estimate the total population to be between 20,000 and 40,000 birds," Rimmer said. The bird's habitat faces potential threats from ski area development, communications tower construction, wind energy projects, acid rain, mercury and global warming.
27 Aug 2006

Wind Power Proves Divisive, Even for Environmentalists

Tapping into wind power's clean energy isn't as simple as it sounds. Even the environmental groups that tout sustainable energy are divided when it comes to the massive turbines. In Maine, a key environmental group opposes plans to put turbines on a high-visibility ridgeline.Editor's Note: Click on link below to hear audio report.
24 Aug 2006

Groups weigh in on Redington Wind Farm

“We had 30 hours of public hearing, a marathon, but the participants did a great job adhering to a very strict schedule… Everyone who offered testimony was helpful for the commissioners to make their decision. “We have not had a hearing that was that long and with so many people that I can remember,” Carroll said.
22 Aug 2006

Tearing down dam goes against green argument

Can't anyone see the hypocrisy of acknowledging the crisis of global warming while at the same time advocating removal of functioning hydroelectric facilities, which quietly produce totally renewable electricity with zero greenhouse gas emissions and, unlike wind turbines, with very little visual impact?
17 Aug 2006

Winds of change in Northeast

ELIOT, Maine -- The call for finding alternative energy sources and gaining energy independence has been growing increasingly louder in the past few years. Fueled by the continued rising cost of crude oil and fears of global warming, Americans across the country are pushing the government to take action.
13 Aug 2006

Wood-burning plants gain power

``The problem we're having with all these wind farms is . . . they're proposing to put them in all the worst places," said Thomas W. French , assistant director of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. ``If they could do what the Russell Biomass plant did, which is to find a preexisting, historical industrial district, we'd be applauding them." As part of the ongoing state permitting process for the plant, French's division worked with its developers to reroute proposed power lines to reduce their impact on wildlife.
6 Aug 2006

Contrary opinions confuse issues at Sugarloaf wind hearing

CARRABASSETT VALLEY -- Hours into the second day of hearings on the proposed Redington Wind Farm, commissioner Bart Harvey noted the wide differences between information provided by different sides. "One wonders when we read this whether we are looking at the same place," said Harvey after Steven Pelletier, of Woodlot Alternatives, Inc provided a summary of his analysis related to environmental impacts.
4 Aug 2006

Public debates wind project

CARRABASSETT VALLEY -- Environmental values clashed loudly Wednesday night on the first of three days of hearings on a proposed 30-turbine wind-power project on two western Maine mountains.
3 Aug 2006

Wind farm site threatens wilderness

The question is not whether to build wind farms, but where to build them. For the most part developers have done a good job in siting projects in areas where the environmental and scenic impacts are not of great concern. (The Mars Hill project is a good example.) The Maine Mountain Power proposal is an extreme exception to this rule. Mainers should oppose this project and ask their public officials to protect one of the state's most spectacular wild landscapes.
1 Aug 2006

Testimony Re. Proposed Redington Mountain Wind Project

Hewson_testimony-redington_mountain_thumb Compelling testimony and rebuttal of Thomas Hewson before the State of Maine Land Use Regulation Commission on behalf of Friends of the Western Mountains regarding the proposed 90MW industrial wind plant on Reddington Mountain, Maine. Mr. Hewson's testimony and rebuttal should be read in their entirety. A summary of this testimony by Friends of the Western Mountains is provided below and attached as well.
1 Aug 2006
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