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Two activists took the stand Monday to defend their actions during a protest last summer of the Kibby Mountain wind power project, and they struggled to answer questions about whether they broke the law to get attention.
"It was a really important moment for Earth First! to take a strong stand against industrial wind power," Perkins said. "Most environmental groups in this country are sort of blindly following the solution trail that corporate energy has laid out for us." Earth First! believes wind power is a "false solution to climate change."
Planning board members reviewed a 27-page document for Pisgah Mountain wind farm at length Wednesday night and voted individually on 54 motions, the last one giving the project provisional approval.
I was surprised when I read Rob Gardiner's quote stating that he believes that a secret ballot vote would have been "healthier" than a petition for Highland residents.
The administration of Maine Gov. Paul LePage is questioning state support for a $20 billion offshore wind project planned for the Gulf of Maine ...LePage's energy advisers are reportedly skeptical that offshore wind development would reduce the state's dependence on foreign oil.
The current six-month moratorium expired Friday. Selectmen have enacted and repeatedly extended moratoriums for two years to enable creation of a wind energy facility ordinance.
A legislative panel voted unanimously Wednesday to effectively set aside his proposal to cap the amount of renewable energy that power companies must buy or generate at current levels.
The vote on the moratorium came as a result of residents petitioning selectmen on the matter. According to figures provided by the Frankfort town office, the measure approved Monday night passed by a margin of 89 to 37.
Tuesday night's public hearing followed a full day of technical testimony during which First Wind subsidiary Blue Sky East and Concerned Citizens of Rural Hancock County, a group that is opposed to the project, each presented information to the commission. Blue Sky East is proposing to erect 19 turbines, each 476 feet tall.
Concerned about getting the information they need to determine how a proposed commercial wind farm might affect the surrounding environment, members of the state Land Use Regulation Commission have asked other state officials to weigh in on a 19- turbine wind farm.
According to the proposed ordinance, neighboring municipalities have recently received inquiries about the possibility of locating a wind power development within their territorial limits and Hope could be under threat of development pressure from wind power developments.
The very character and quality of place we enjoy here in Maine is too valuable to risk on unsubstantiated and unproven claims by the pro-wind cabal. Mainers would be within their rights to request a clinical analysis of the UMPI experiment.
From the perspective of some Highland and Pleasant Ridge Plantation residents, there is no way that the project won't adversely affect wildlife and ruin the natural environment they call home. The group has been fighting against the proposal since it was first aired by testifying during LURC hearings.
The company has encountered several problems since it submitted its application Dec. 29. Most recently, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife expressed strong concern about the project's impact on species on the state's endangered and special concern lists.
While Emera will have an ownership stake in Maine wind farms - generators - through Northeast Energy, strict rules put walls between any communications between that part of the business and Bangor Hydro - which is transmission. The farms in Maine include Mars Hill Wind, Stetson Wind I and II in Danforth, and the under-construction Rollins Wind Project.
First Wind will enter into an agreement with Northeast Wind. In that agreement, First Wind and Northeast Wind will create an unnamed operating company that will own First Wind's wind farms on the East Coast, according to a statement from First Wind, Algonquin and Emera.
Both Wylie and Wendy Todd were in Augusta, trying to persuade lawmakers to support a bill that would offer them some relief. LD 1042 would require wind energy companies to compensate landowners living withing three miles of the base of a turbine, if their property values decline.
Essentially, Selectmen Jeremy Volkernick and Greg Buccina wanted to restore much of what Sterling removed or changed from the defeated proposal, including things like shadow flicker standards, banning blade glint, safety setbacks for sound and turbine collapses, etc.
Few people anticipated the degree of negative response from people who do not want the new devices. The project has spawned an unprecedented seven formal citizen complaint cases before the PUC, prompting a complex and growing investigation by the agency.
The planning board hired a consultant from Virginia to review the developer's sound impact study and will be using Skype to videoconference with the consultant during the public hearing. "Our goal is to allow maximum public discussion," Johns said.