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Campbell said that if the Land Use Regulation Commission allows the reclassification of nearly 700 acres of Washington County timberland as a fast-track zone for industrial wind-site development, the commission would be creating a potential compromise of the goals it set in its own Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
Selectmen have yet to decide what action, if any, they will take on a petition outlining a proposed wind ordinance for their town. The petition, signed by 28 Carthage voters, was presented at the last board meeting by resident Alice Barnett.
To justify the destruction of Maine's landscapes with his wind turbines, Angus King repeats the familiar claim that "there would be a 1-to-1 reduction in greenhouse gases because existing plants would be throttled back whenever the turbines are in operation." This is simply not true.
Alan Michka is a resident of Lexington Township and is chairman of the board of the organization the Friends of the Highland Mountains, which was formed in opposition to a proposed 48-turbine wind-generation project located west of Moscow, in Highland Plantation. He said that at this stage, people in Bingham should be concerned about not having a turbine-related ordinance.
Blake said the state law requiring such proposals to be reviewed in no more than 270 days "has opened the floodgates to development of industrial wind sites across ridgelines from New Hampshire to the Canadian border. It has provided favoritism to this one particular industry that other industries don't have."
If a turbine had a maximum sound level of 115 decibels, it would be set back 37,584 feet from a property line, according to the ordinance. The distance increases with the number of turbines proposed. The ordinance is designed to acknowledge the property owner's rights but not interfere with the rights of neighbors, Trafton said.
An appeal filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in April. The wind project opponents' appeal has tied up financing pending a favorable decision, Record Hill principal Robert Gardiner said Wednesday. ..."The Supreme Court appeal of licenses is an obstacle to the financing," Gardiner said.
Selectmen Norine Clarke and Steve Donahue have been working on the 29-page wind ordinance for nearly a year. Among the major components is a 4,000-foot setback from occupied structures, and a noise limit of 45 decibels during the night and 55 decibels during the day. ...On the question calling for a ban on wind power development, all four selectmen voted in favor of placing it on the November ballot.
If Highlanders put their faith in the owner of Independence Wind, they are choosing to trust a man who either knowingly tells untruths or doesn't know enough about his subject to speak with any degree of expertise. It's easy to spread misinformation when no one challenges you on it. It's easy to spread feel-good propaganda when your listeners are easily led. But those days are over.
Heeding a call from residents alarmed at news that three Vinalhaven wind turbines had exceeded noise regulations, Town Councilor Michael Ireland called on fellow councilors Monday to withhold a building permit from the developers of the proposed $130 million Rollins Mountain wind project.
The Maine PUC has apologized for asking a journalism organization for $36,000 to see e-mails of the commission's former chairman. ...The center published an in-depth story about former PUC Chairman Kurt Adams leaving his state job to take a top position with First Wind. The requested e-mails were part of the research into a possible second story.
My colleagues and I at the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting are happy to take criticism of what we write. We hope our stories about Maine government provoke debate, which is an essential component of a robust democracy.
First Wind is proposing a 700-acre, 26-turbine wind farm about eight miles south of the Stetson Mountain project. The new area will straddle the Washington and Penobscot county border and is just north of Pleasant Lake in Kossuth Township. First Wind will submit a permit for the project to the state's Land Use Regulation Commission this fall.
Two more associated towers are to be located in Concord, the next township to the east. My town is now among the unfortunate that have been infected with the virus of wind-energy sprawl. Industry activity, lately, has been substantial in our area and our town lies within the new expedited permitting zone. It was bound to happen.
In Eastbrook, First Wind representatives have been attending meetings held by the town's comprehensive plan committee to develop an ordinance that would regulate the local development and operation of wind farms. Fowler said the company has been there to observe the proceedings and to gauge the local level of support for wind power development.
Residents will vote on whether to adopt a Mountain District Ordinance at a special town meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, at the Coos Canyon Schoolhouse.
One committee member asked whether having a property line setback would limit the number of wind turbines in Eastbrook. First Wind Project Manager David Fowler concurred that it would. The committee was split in its opinion about the issue.
Attorney Lynne Williams of Bar Harbor, who represents Lincoln property owners Harry Epps and Mary Beth Nolette, has notified Lincoln Code Enforcement Officer Jerry Davis that if he issues a building permit, she will appeal it under a local ordinance that allows aggrieved parties to legally challenge decisions by town officials.
The land ownership claim is by the Warwick Potter Residuary Trust of 1974, whose trustee is William A. Potter of Acton, Mass. According to a quit-claim deed signed by William Potter on July 27, 2010, the rights and title of the property were turned over to Friends of Maine's Mountains. No financial compensation is listed on the document. Potter could not be reached for comment.
We can transform the electric power grid system to accommodate wind power, but at great cost and huge risk to reliability. But the real question is why are we mandating a controversial energy source with no proven efficacy when it will not become viable until we have economically viable electricity sequestration?