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Frankfort wind project proceeds against voters' wishes

Documents obtained Monday night by the Bangor Daily News through the Freedom of Information Act indicate that the town's attorney advised selectmen to look the other way as wind testing equipment went up on the mountain. The selectmen then told Eolian that site testing activities "will not result in enforcement action by the Selectmen of the Town of Frankfort, so long as the activities occur on property that Eolian ... owns or has an interest in."
3 Aug 2011

Vinalhaven residents ask court to vacate wind turbine decision

The petitioners have asked the court to vacate the June 30 order and to replace it with an order drafted by DEP staff. Earlier this year, DEP staff prepared a draft order requiring submission of data and requiring Fox Island Wind to post operational sound and meteorological data on a website for public review.
2 Aug 2011

Fox Islands Wind Neighbors Petition for Review: Vinalhaven Wind

Fox-islands-wind-neighbors-petition-for-review-final1_thumb Neighbors of the Vinalhaven wind turbine farm filed a lawsuit against the state of Maine for failing to enforce noise regulations against Fox Islands Wind, the turbine operator. The neighbors’ lawsuit charges that the decision by Maine DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) on June 30th was arbitrary and capricious and driven by political meddling against the recommendation of DEP regulatory staff.
29 Jul 2011

Vinalhaven citizen lawsuit alleges political interference in wind turbine regulatory process at top level of Maine government

The neighbors' lawsuit charges that the decision by Maine DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) on June 30th meant to resolve the year and a half controversy of noise violations by the turbines was arbitrary and capricious and driven by political meddling at the highest levels of Maine government against the recommendation of its own regulatory staff.
28 Jul 2011

Board OKs yet another 180-day moratorium on wind projects

By a 5-0 vote, selectmen agreed Thursday night to extend the current moratorium on wind power projects another 180 days. The current moratorium expires on Monday, July 25, after which the new one will begin. Getting to that decision, however, took a lot of off-topic discussion during a public hearing and the regular board meeting that followed.
22 Jul 2011

Opponents protest outside as new wind project is dedicated

"This is a great fleecing of America," said Mike Thurlow, whose North Road home looks out at the Rollins site, "our tax dollars are subsidizing this project and probably our tax dollars will wind up taking these down when they've spent their time on our mountains after our mountains have been basically raped."
21 Jul 2011

Anti-wind protesters to attend Rollins wind project event

"Two groups should stand together to protest the ribbon-cutting of the soon-to-be operational wind project: people from the Lincoln Lakes region who are affected by the project and people from all over the state who strive to stop the proliferation of industrial wind power in Maine," said Brad Blake, a leader of the Friends of Lincoln Lakes.
16 Jul 2011

Portland board OKs 'conservative' rules for urban turbines

It would allow turbines on residential and commercial properties if they meet certain height, sound and setback restrictions and don't "substantially obstruct public views." Jean Fraser, the city planner who put the ordinance together, called it "conservative" compared with turbine regulations in other cities.
15 Jul 2011

Say no to Bowers Mountain wind project

LURC has the ability to curtail the gold rush of wind developers, feeding at the trough of federal and state subsidies, before Maine is transformed from a wild and bucolic paradise to an industrial wind wasteland. For the magic of the mountains, let's hope they do their job.
13 Jul 2011

Expert speaks on wind turbine noise in Sumner

Selectman Maryann Haxton asked how the sound problem could be corrected. James replied that guidelines of 35 decibels should be set for turbines and to require them to be located a mile and a half away from homes. ...Someone asked about home appraisals and James said real estate agents were no longer appraising any homes near windmills.
12 Jul 2011

Golden eagles, wind power don't mix

Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request show that TransCanada submitted a permit application to the Army Corps of Engineers for a federal "take" permit at the Sisk location. This indicates that the company knows the project could possibly interfere with or kill golden eagles. They are not pursuing the "take"permit at this time but say they will institute a long-term monitoring program.
7 Jul 2011
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