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"It's too close to the houses over there," she said. "You've got Eagle‘s Nest [a development], Concord Pond, Shagg Pond within a two-mile radius. It's going to affect them sound-wise, and shadowing [from the turning blades].
An attorney representing members of the environmentalist group 'Friends of Lincoln Lakes' says she plans to seek a court injunction to halt the project on the mountain and its many ridges. Attorney Lynne Williams says she also has filed a new petition with the state Board of Environmental Protection.
Across the state and around the world many communities are looking to other towns that have more established wind projects to understand some of the less immediately recognizable impacts of the technology.
Amid turbulence about the possibility of a wind energy project on top of Ragged Mountain, a citizen group has formed with the intention of stopping any further research into the possibility of placing turbines on the mountain.
I had never consciously thought of where I chose to call my home quite in those terms until the character of the region in which I live (Lexington Township) became threatened by wind energy sprawl. ...We did not count on the destruction of Maine's mountains when we moved back to Maine.
"There exists a significant body of consistent meteorological and sound data indicating sound levels greater than applicable limits," Warren L. Brown, who also serves as the University of Maine's radiation safety officer, wrote Wednesday in a detailed letter. "Substantial changes are recommended for FIW nighttime operations." Brown reached his conclusions after reviewing a noise complaint submitted by Fox Islands Wind Neighbors.
The board of Fox Island Electric Cooperative and the project manager, Harvard Business School professor George Baker, repeatedly claimed to the Vinalhaven community that the wind turbine facility is operating according to state noise standards, denying the significant distress experienced by neighbors.
Developers of mountaintop industrial wind are touting many promised benefits - from reduced greenhouse gas emissions and decreased dependence on fossil fuels to a huge economic renaissance. These are all false promises spun to enhance public acceptance.
The prospect of cheaper "green" electricity, even at significant cost to private citizens, appears to be totally acceptable to these entrepreneurial wind developers, and now with the Department of Energy in Washington DC involved, actually "exciting." However, for many of the 106 Vinalhaven households within the 1.5 mile FIW noise umbrella, the daily turbine experience is vastly different. Our feelings of "excitement" would best be described as outrage.
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.
An acoustical engineer will be on hand at 6:30 p.m. May 19 at the Community Center to answer questions about the sound levels that likely would be generated by a proposed wind farm in Eastbrook. Peter Guldberg of Tech Environmental Inc. in Waltham, Mass., will appear before the Comprehensive Plan Committee to offer his best estimation of the decibel levels generated by various turbines.
A doctor who has studied the health effects of a commercial wind power project in northern Maine brought his conclusion to the State House Friday morning, May 7. "There is absolutely no doubt that people living within 3,500 feet of a ridge line arrangement of 1.5 megawatts or larger turbines in a rural environment will suffer negative effects."
Mr. Hall said General Electric told residents that from 1,000 feet away, the wind turbine noise would sound like a quiet conversation taking place in a living room. Instead, he described the turbines' sound as a "palpable experience," with rhythmic pulsations he can feel thumping in his chest as the blades turn. Other people interviewed in the film clips likened the turbines' whooshing sound to a jet airplane heard off in the distance.
My family has a long history with Yale. My great-grandfather was the first professor of German, my grandfather graduated in 1900, my father in 1938 and my brother in 1968. All of these relatives had - and those still living still do - a great affection for the Great North Woods of Maine. ...Now we are confronted, apparently as a result of Yale's desire for an ever larger endowment, with a proposal to build the largest grid scale industrial wind power plant ever in Maine in our backyard on the wild and scenic Highland Mountains.
Independence Wind, promised to not only bring Highland 340,000 megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy, but also to pay for 90 percent of the plantation's taxes. Given the opportunity to lift what has become an ever-growing tax burden on Highland's population ...But by now, Highland is split down the middle over whether Independence Wind and its partners, Wagner Forest Management and landowner corporation Bayroot - which have been connected to Yale's investments in the past - will ruin Highland's mountains.
Our governor is proposing emergency legislation mandating the installation of what would amount to thousands of wind turbines within three miles of our Maine coastline (L.D. 1810: An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Governor's Ocean Energy Task Force). This has been referred to as "offshore" wind development. It is actually "near-shore" wind development that would displace fishermen and disturb the treasured views of Maine's fantastic coastline.
Recently Gov. John Baldacci scoffed at the Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power when we asked him to issue a moratorium on industrial wind power projects until adequate noise regulations are implemented. The Bangor Daily News backed Baldacci in an editorial titled "Wind Ban Wrong." The Feb. 25 piece did acknowledge how right we are on several wind power issues, yet it still concluded that giving the state time would be wrong. We disagree with this, with the conclusion that noise is our primary consideration and with the common assumption that wind power's supposed benefits outweigh its costs.
Voters at the annual town meeting have approved two moratoriums that will give the town time to develop ordinances to regulate communications towers and wind turbines. There has been commercial interest in such construction, particularly in communications towers, according to Code Enforcement Officer Judy Jenkins, and the town’s existing land use regulations include nothing to guide the siting of such structures.
Imagine how you would feel if turbines were built in your neighborhood and suddenly you were forced into an unimaginable situation? There are so many families in Maine that are overwhelmed trying to deal with problems related to wind farms because the Maine state noise regulations are outdated.
Fox Islands Wind used an unusual and possibly misleading method to calculate what area should be designated a "quiet zone" around its wind turbines, a state environmental official confirmed. Jim Cassida, director of the Department of Environmental Protection's land resource regulation division, said when Fox Islands Wind collected its data it excluded periods when winds were below 3 mph. This skews the results by "taking out the quietest time," he said.