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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.
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.
Project might interfere with sacred religious ceremonies dating 10,000 years
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.
"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."
"The worst thing is when we see all those blinking [turbine] lights at night. We came here for nature, not for industry," Egle said. "We are tourists. We brought in money, lots of money, to the state of Maine, and that will be lost from Maine. Now we are looking to move to Canada, or maybe Alaska."
Selectmen listened Wednesday night as Wind Ordinance Committee Chairman Dan Perron aired his distress over the schism developing within his subcommittees and the main Wind Ordinance Planning Committee, Administrative Assistant Cyndy Norton said.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EUREKA -- If local proponents have their way, the North Coast may be tapping into water, wind and fire to slip the bonds of energy dependence. But it was a cross-examination by attorney Juliet T. Browne, who represents Champlain, a subsidiary of Massachusetts-based First Wind, that might have helped Corrigan’s case against the project when her questions led to an admission from scenic consultant James Palmer that wildlife guides might lose customers if the project goes forward.
"Wind developers and wildlife managers in both the U.S. and Europe have called for the collection of pre-construction monitoring data to minimize the potential impacts of facilities on wildlife," says Kate Williams, director of BRI's wildlife and renewable energy program. "This can be a hot-button issue, but BRI's main goal is to provide sound scientific data to decision makers.
That 220-acre California fire had been contained by 45 firefighters, two helicopters and two bulldozers. The 69-acre fire was contained with the help of 15 fire engines, four hand crews and four planes. A 5-acre California fire was extinguished by six fire engines, three water trucks, two helicopters, two tanker planes, a bulldozer and three hand crews.
In his initial lawsuit, Huber said the designation of waters off Monhegan as a test site violates his constitutional rights to practice his religious stewardship of Penobscot Bay.
The unbroken horizon of water, woods and sky is an essential part of their brand, the guides say. It's a reason generations of sportsmen come here. The guides fear that views of turbine towers on distant ridges and blinking lights in the pitch-black sky will offend visitors who value the feeling of wilderness, and prompt them to go elsewhere.
Guides and sporting camp owners are highly independent, but Bowers Mountain has led them to organize against wind power. Several are expected to testify Monday and Tuesday evening at public hearings in Lincoln before the Land Use Regulation Commission.
Residents decided Wednesday night to impose a 180-day halt on any wind power development in order to examine revising the town's rules regarding wind turbines. Caratunk has a wind power development ordinance, but residents decided 18-2 to rewrite it.
The governor said he does not support wind power development or renewables because they generate expensive electricity. "We need cheaper energy for everybody and to get away from these feel-good solutions," he said. The audience replied with an equal measure of applause and boos.