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Wind power's assault on Maine

People opposed to the sacrifice of Maine's landscape have the deck stacked against them. Laws in place prevent citizens from challenging the economic and environmental assumptions used to justify wind power. The cumulative effects of multiple wind projects are ignored by the agencies responsible for protecting our environment and wildlife habitats. How did this happen?
24 Nov 2010

A call to protect Bigelow Preserve

That natural treasure, which we voted to protect one generation ago, is once again in jeopardy. Once again the citizens of Maine need to let their voices be heard, and once again step forward and say "no" to a proposal to place a massive industrial wind complex on the very doorstep, and just a few short miles from the southeast corner of the Bigelow Preserve.
20 Nov 2010

Wind towers would intrude on scenic vistas

Currently, there are three industrial wind projects being planning between Mayfield Plantation and Sisk Mountain in Chain of Ponds Township. Those projects, along with the constructed Kibby project, would result in a combined total of at least 200 industrial wind turbines that would cover about 23 miles of mountaintops. ...Iindustrial wind development has a long reach when it comes to visual effect.
14 Nov 2010

Rollins Wind turbine pad construction

Rollinswind1_thumb First Wind has begun construction of the 60 megawatt Rollins Wind facility consisting of forty 1.5 megawatt turbines. This turbine site is blasted about 20 feet down into bedrock. Additional aerial images can be viewed here: http://picasaweb.google.com/Blueyes1119/RollinsDestructionNov2?feat=email#
2 Nov 2010

Part ll Save the Mountains of Highland, Maine

The Friends of the Highland Mountains produced this powerful three part video in hopes of exposing the threat to the beautiful and ecologically sensitive mountains of Highland Plantation, Maine. Highland Wind LLC proposes to blast and bulldoze the extraordinary landscape features, to erect 48-industrial scale wind turbines within the viewshed of the Appalachian Trail, the Bigelow Preserve and the Arnold Trail. Visit Friends of the Highland Mountains' website for current information on this debate. Duration: 7 minutes 34 seconds See all three parts: Part I Save the Mountains of Highland, Maine Part II Save the Mountains of Highland, Maine Part III Save the Mountains of Highland, Maine
8 Oct 2010

Part I Save the Mountains of Highland, Maine

The Friends of the Highland Mountains produced this powerful three part video in hopes of exposing the threat to the beautiful and ecologically sensitive mountains of Highland Plantation, Maine. Highland Wind LLC proposes to blast and bulldoze the extraordinary landscape features, to erect 48-industrial scale wind turbines within the viewshed of the Appalachian Trail, the Bigelow Preserve and the Arnold Trail. Visit Friends of the Highland Mountains' website for current information on this debate. Duration: 7 minutes 34 seconds See all three parts: Part I Save the Mountains of Highland, Maine Part II Save the Mountains of Highland, Maine Part III Save the Mountains of Highland, Maine
8 Oct 2010

Part III Save the Mountains of Highland, Maine

The Friends of the Highland Mountains produced this powerful three part video in hopes of exposing the threat to the beautiful and ecologically sensitive mountains of Highland Plantation, Maine. Highland Wind LLC proposes to blast and bulldoze the extraordinary landscape features, to erect 48-industrial scale wind turbines within the viewshed of the Appalachian Trail, the Bigelow Preserve and the Arnold Trail. Visit Friends of the Highland Mountains' website for current information on this debate. Duration: 7 minutes 34 seconds See all three parts: Part I Save the Mountains of Highland, Maine Part II Save the Mountains of Highland, Maine Part III Save the Mountains of Highland, Maine
8 Oct 2010

Maine Voices: Spruce Mountain wind project falls far short of what people should expect

Haven't we learned anything from Mars Hill and Vinalhaven about sound and human impacts? What kind of energy is really going to be produced to mitigate the impacts stated above? The applicant offered to put 1,000 acres into conservation. The 1,000 acres just happens to surround the turbines and roads. Gee, thanks. Concerns about this project need to be expressed to the DEP soon.
15 Sep 2010

Mountaintop wind farms not good for the ecology

If the 1,800 turbines were constructed, as much as 50,000 acres of carbon-sequestering forest would have to be clear-cut. In addition, the turbines require electricity to run, which does not come from the turbines and must be generated on site by diesel generators or brought in on separate power lines. One study done in Colorado actually determined that wind power increased carbon emissions by 10 percent.
9 Aug 2010

The false promise of mountaintop industrial wind

As an environmentalist, I have for decades supported a move away from our addiction to oil to more eco-friendly, renewable energy, including wind. However, when I hear the developers spin the tragic Gulf oil spill to justify their desire to use our tax dollars to destroy Maine mountaintops, with as many as 1,800 400-foot turbines spread over 360 miles, I am appalled by how this "justification" is so disingenuous.
25 Jul 2010

Reversing the turbines on Maine's mountains

If using a huge amount of real estate to generate a tiny amount of energy from an intermittent energy source sounds deranged, consider, too, that we haven't yet found the Holy Grail for storing wind-generated energy. Wind is either an instant energy snack or a famine. It must be used when it's there or immediately replaced when it isn't." Yikes.
7 Jun 2010

Maine people waking up

As an active professional working to save Maine's mountaintops, I've met and have dealt with large groups who are opposed to improper siting of wind factories. We all agree that much larger and more efficient wind factories in the ocean beyond sight of shore, where wind is better and more reliable, makes more sense. To say we are against wind power is a falsehood. As to the sound problems that Aniel argues, the Maine Medical Association agrees with her, not Dr. Dora Anne Mills.
22 May 2010

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Maine&p=4&topic=Impact+on+Landscape
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