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Turbine issue draws voters to annual meeting

Residents of Brighton Plantation are finding out that wind energy might not be as efficient or green an alternative to fossil fuels as they previously may have thought. Karen Pease of Friends of Highland Plantation came to address the citizens at the small town meeting with a large turnout Saturday morning. "We are not anti wind. We are for the responsible placement of wind turbines, if such a thing exists...

BRIGHTON PLANTATION -- Residents of Brighton Plantation are finding out that wind energy might not be as efficient or green an alternative to fossil fuels as they previously may have thought. Karen Pease of Friends of Highland Plantation came to address the citizens at the small town meeting with a large turnout Saturday morning.

"We are not anti wind. We are for the responsible placement of wind turbines, if such a thing exists... Friends of highland mountains are very environmentally conscious people, and what we have found is that these turbines are not green... The impact to the land, wildlife and human beings who are in the sound ship of these things is turning out to be pretty scary." Pease said.

Pease and Friends of Highland plantation oppose the proposal by Highland Wind LLC to build roughly 48 wind turbines across rural Somerset County. The proposal includes land in the towns of Brighton, Highland Plantation and Mayfield all partially owned by Plum Creek Timberland. The project would industrialize 8 miles of country side, including popular hiking, biking and sight seeing destinations, Bigelow preserve, Burnt Mountain and Bald... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

BRIGHTON PLANTATION -- Residents of Brighton Plantation are finding out that wind energy might not be as efficient or green an alternative to fossil fuels as they previously may have thought. Karen Pease of Friends of Highland Plantation came to address the citizens at the small town meeting with a large turnout Saturday morning.

"We are not anti wind. We are for the responsible placement of wind turbines, if such a thing exists... Friends of highland mountains are very environmentally conscious people, and what we have found is that these turbines are not green... The impact to the land, wildlife and human beings who are in the sound ship of these things is turning out to be pretty scary." Pease said.

Pease and Friends of Highland plantation oppose the proposal by Highland Wind LLC to build roughly 48 wind turbines across rural Somerset County. The proposal includes land in the towns of Brighton, Highland Plantation and Mayfield all partially owned by Plum Creek Timberland. The project would industrialize 8 miles of country side, including popular hiking, biking and sight seeing destinations, Bigelow preserve, Burnt Mountain and Bald Mountain.

"There's a lot of issues health-wise," Pease said. "Wildlife is pretty much being ignored. I wrote to the fish and game commissioner, he said we share your concern with Maine's wildlife, we believe this is going to have a negative impact." Pease said.

Locals are also unsure of the benefits. The energy produced by the turbines would mostly go out of state. Any energy that Mainers would receive from the turbines would have to be bought back at full price.

"It sounds like a good idea at first," said Jason Biel, who works as an apprentice at a local Brighton farm. "I always thought wind energy was a good idea, but I guess it's a different story when it's in your own backyard."

Locals also voted on a number of issues. Jo-Ann Gooridge kept her seat as first selectman. Paul Keaton barely held on to his second selectman position in an 18-15 vote against Louis Johnson Jr. Johnson was then elected third selectman and animal control officer with a pay increase from $50 to $250 dollars as the animal control officer. Residents also decided not take an offer on an aging water tanker owned and used by the Athens Fire Department.

The water tanker would act as a first response to extinguish any fires in the area. Residents decided to table the issue and asked the selectman to look into options at a later date.


Source: http://www.onlinesentinel.c...

MAR 28 2010
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