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Brad Blake commented on Jim Wiegand's blog post How Corrupt is Audubon? - The lesson from Altamont
"Sherwin, in spite of efforts from both the current project owner and FMM to let the people in Maine know about projects, the media largely ignored the press release and did no follow up.  Projects were intended to help real projects that…"
Apr 13
Brad Blake commented on Jim Wiegand's blog post How Corrupt is Audubon? - The lesson from Altamont
"Sherwin and John, the settlement between Blue Sky West and Friends of Maine's Mountains was NOT corrupt and NOT a bribe!  The project near Bingham was going to be approved, with appeals denied, and yet again the Maine Law Court sustaining…"
Apr 12
Brad Blake commented on Long Islander's blog post Attack on Tom Stacy: Anti-wind effort smeared by crony environmentalist
"Sherwin, that has a complicated answer, but rest assured these thieves are laughing all the way to the bank.  Using Rollins Wind in Lincoln Lakes, it has nameplate capacity of 60 MW.  That comes to 525,600 MWH per year.  Multiply by…"
Apr 12
Brad Blake commented on Brad Blake's blog post Heavy Face Book "Shares" Regarding UMPI Tuerbine Fire
"WOW!!!  The power of social media!  In less than 48 hours, this Face Book post has now been shared 538 times and received 194 "reactions", many of which are "wow" or "anger"  Here's my problem,…"
Apr 5
Brad Blake commented on Brad Blake's blog post Heavy Face Book "Shares" Regarding UMPI Tuerbine Fire
"Sherwin,  in 2009, in response to a question raised by Friends of Lincoln Lakes regarding the Rollins Wind project (it has 40 turbines sprawled across 7 miles of ridges) the fire chief in Lincoln, Maine stated it would take 15 minutes or more,…"
Apr 4
Sherwin Start commented on Brad Blake's blog post Heavy Face Book "Shares" Regarding UMPI Tuerbine Fire
"(( % of FIRE ENGINES  built today cannot  THROW A  2 inch STREAM of Water  further than 200 feet and that's if there is no wind ! THese TURBINE TOwers are  400-600 feet high!  IN ADDITION  who is going to put…"
Apr 3
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Brad Blake's blog post Heavy Face Book "Shares" Regarding UMPI Tuerbine Fire
"The photo that closed Maine's wind farms...no words needed...a fire that can't be put out and will burn down a dry forest and disrupt a community's power supply.... Just send the photo out to every energy/environment media source out…"
Apr 3
arthur qwenk commented on Brad Blake's blog post Heavy Face Book "Shares" Regarding UMPI Tuerbine Fire
"Maine Will Rue the Day it allowed these wind turbine complexes to pock its ground. DEP fire regulations are almost non-existent in the permitting process for these massive  industrial developments of the forest. DEP regulations should…"
Apr 3
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Heavy Face Book "Shares" Regarding UMPI Tuerbine Fire

I post criticisms of the wind industry in Maine regularly on my Face Book page and they get nominal shares and comments.  On April 2, I posted this comment and the photo.  In less than 24 hours, this has been shared more than 260 times and my particular post has received 106 "reactions".  Wind Warriors, the sensationalism of a turbine fire gets people's attention, so if you are using social media--send out the criticism of the wind power farce while we have people's attention!My post:A fitting…See More
Apr 3
Penny Gray commented on Brad Blake's blog post Canton Mountain Wind Video
"Regarding met tower data, the Patriot Renewables met tower on Saddleback collapsed and was flat on the ground when PR held a public information meeting at the grange hall and stated that they were getting data daily from their tower, showing average…"
Apr 1
John F. Hussey commented on Brad Blake's blog post Canton Mountain Wind Video
"All data would be posted online daily or at least weekly for the public to review."
Apr 1
John F. Hussey commented on Brad Blake's blog post Canton Mountain Wind Video
"Brad: Maybe the bill should include mandating matching instruments on all met towers. One unit would be used by "the company" and the other a sealed unit for the State agency monitoring the site.  The units, their upkeep and…"
Apr 1
Brad Blake commented on Brad Blake's blog post Canton Mountain Wind Video
"Eric, note the placement of one of the turbines much lower than the others.  This is common in almost all of the Maine projects.  It just proves that they cram as many turbines into a site as possible to make the subsidy numbers better,…"
Apr 1
Eric A. Tuttle commented on Brad Blake's blog post Canton Mountain Wind Video
"This is the initial aka prototype https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/e/2PACX-1vR4crq39r9H4gL1GzapRqnZSxNQTAW6WDFJzsCpBasaoZaTUkecZ_ZrOrGxALenLjTeOnIPYAMC0rtR/pubhtml Public view. No participants from other states as of yet so I am…"
Apr 1
John F. Hussey commented on Brad Blake's blog post Canton Mountain Wind Video
"Where may we see the spreadsheet?"
Apr 1
Eric A. Tuttle commented on Brad Blake's blog post Canton Mountain Wind Video
"Under winter snow, the damage is more obvious. This video seems to confirm that only 7 Turbines were erected rather than 8, however, this week Canton Mtn has been consistently the least productive as compared to its neighboring sites and maybe…"
Apr 1

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Heavy Face Book "Shares" Regarding UMPI Tuerbine Fire

I post criticisms of the wind industry in Maine regularly on my Face Book page and they get nominal shares and comments.  On April 2, I posted this comment and the photo.  In less than 24 hours, this has been shared more than 260 times and my particular post has received 106 "reactions".  Wind Warriors, the sensationalism of a turbine fire gets people's attention, so if you are using social media--send out the criticism of the wind power farce while we have people's…

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Posted on April 3, 2018 at 11:45am — 7 Comments

Canton Mountain Wind Video

Tyler Kachnovich used a drone to capture this video of Canton Mt. Wind project.  He had posted it on Face Book.  Even under winter snow, the destruction to the ridge is clear.  The blades are spinning so slowly that it likely is producing little or no electricity.…

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Posted on March 31, 2018 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

Kibby Wind

I skied at Sugarloaf on March 26 & 27, 2018.  LD 1810 would have extended the scenic impact zone for wind projects to 40 miles.  While that seems like a lot, recent attempts in other legislation supported by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and others would extend the impact zone to 15 miles from either side of the Appalachian Trail.  The AT crosses Crocker Mt and most of the Bigelow Range.  If either of the proposed increases had been adopted instead of killed by the Maine Legislature's…

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Posted on March 29, 2018 at 2:13pm — 4 Comments

Canton Mt. Wind

Driving on State Rte 4 through the Androscoggin River valley towns of Livermore Falls and Jay, Maine's newest wind project on Canton Mt. was jarring as to how dominating it is in the affected region.  While the Patriot Renewables website touts the project with production figures showing expected capacity factor to the 30.9%, Eric Tuttle has been tracking its output via ISO-NE and shared recent days tracking on a Face Book discussion.  Here is a photo of the project taken from North Jay, as…

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Posted on March 29, 2018 at 1:50pm — 8 Comments

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At 11:05am on March 16, 2016, rick wood said…

Hi Brad,

Just wanted to update you on Passadumkeag Mountain.

Rumor has it that the turbines will not turn.

I believe they were finished in December and they have not been able to get them working. Supposedly some of the parts were made by a scandinavian company. So much for american jobs huh.

I heard they sent a specialist to try and fix them. Evidently some of the parts don't mesh or inter lock correctly.

Also heard that they were told recently to put red signal warning lights on the towers by the FAA which they are doing but it looks like the red lights are mounted on the turbine itself which is way lower than the tip of the blades if they were turning.

Hope they have plenty of money in the tear down fund.

 

At 10:17am on March 12, 2014, Willem Post said…
Brad,
Do you have the updated spreadsheet for wind energy production in Maine for each quarter and the entire 2013.

Please send it to me to better make my arguments.
wilpost37@gmail.com

Below are my latest two articles for your information.

http://theenergycollective.com/willem-post/332911/high-renewable-energy-costs-damage-vermonts-economy
http://theenergycollective.com/willem-post/338781/high-renewable-energy-costs-damage-germanys-economy
At 8:29am on August 31, 2013, alice mckay barnett said…

I have no contacts in my e-mail account. (go figure)...can you please issue a comment to the windtaskforce people to comment to BEP on noise issues on saddleback ridge remand.   All the applications have the same noise protocol.

simple to read.....get the enforcement out of the hands of the developer.

 

Supreme court judges will be reading BEP comments if we can raise the money.

At 10:28am on September 8, 2012, Long Islander said…

Welcome Valerie. Yours is an enchantingly beautiful NEK of the woods.

Wind resistance in Frankfort, ME chased the Eolian trustafarian spoiled preppie subsidy leeches out of town. Send them back to mummy and dada.

At 9:01am on September 8, 2012, Valerie Desmarais said…

Thanks for the warm welcome Brad! I have heart in both places: born here in NEK,  my family moved to Harmony when I was a teen...college at UMF where I fell in  love w/the western mountains,city stint in Portland and the midcoast, but eventually back "home" to the forests and hills of The Kingdom. It is beyond criminal and boggles the thinking mind to witness the depravity and greed of the wind devils. We are fighting the fight here; I am sure that you are aware of the eolian project. We have an ardent and thoughful group that has organized in response...check out NNU Blog...Newark Neighbors United...We Will Prevail!

At 7:55am on August 9, 2012, Jim Lutz said…

Thank you Mr. Blake (Brad).  I'm Jim.  I am happy to become an advocate and if you need me to write anything, let me know.  I have been busy answering the lies and distortions the Wind Shills have been putting in the various papers around New England. 

Thanks again for the complement.

Jim

At 12:58pm on October 28, 2011, Debbie Moore said…

Brad,

       I did have alot more to say at the public hearing.  Actually I did not say that noise was used for torture.  I said things like noise and sleep deprivation were among things that the European Court of Human Rights considered "inhuman and degrading treatment" and was not to be used in interrogation. Also strobe lights and low frequency sound have been used as well.  It is against the law for Governments to use some of these techniques on prisoners, but somehow wind companies are allowed to inflict these things on innocent people in their own homes.  I think this should become a human rights issue and we should start getting some human rights organizations involved.

       We appreciate all that you and others do to try and protect homes, families, land owners and the land itself from this terrible destruction and harm from wind turbines and their promoters.

                                     Thank-you,  Debbie Moore

At 3:11pm on October 20, 2011, Michael k Ronan said…
Right on Brad I been an advocate against wind power for a long time and every opportunity will speak against. Our state heritage is hunting and fishing and promotes Vationland on our license plates but here we are giving away our tax dollar to rich people to put up wind mills. Giving away Maines hunting and fishing heritage! I'll take every opportunity to convince others it's not what we should do for Maine just export power to other states. 
At 6:28am on September 21, 2011, matt elliot said…

You can see it all from my house Rolly,   My Better half and i sit on the Swing on the back porch and look at it all in disgust,     I never thought i'd live to see the time that i would witness the giant footstep of so called progress such as that, This close to my home of 50 sum odd yrs.      Back in the early 60's i saw them put in the Bubble     could see them doing it through the trees.   But  was kind of neat   and that didn't bother as much as seeing those big Giant Alien Monsters standing quietly on the ridge line stareing down onto the valley like they were massing for some sort of attach.

     Quietly surveying the other windy mountain tops hopeing, that they someday will be joined by others  .

 

             There are Eagles that fly around that mountain/hill.     I've seen them,   I use to love to put my boat in the pond and fish,   or just hang out and enjoy the surroundings ..   Watch the Eagle pick up fish that i've thrown back    and lug them off to a pine tree on the big island.    It's a beautiful bird. i sure hope   it don't meet her demise on those towers like pictures i've seen in the past.

        I'm sorry if i'm rambeling on here i'm so sorry that i have only just recently found this site,  And i sure wish i had been more active in the movement.     I will however do what i can to try and keep them from coming to Andover.    Bad enough we have to look at them in Roxbury.

       Again  sorry for the rant,  hope you all have a great day and   New Members glad your all aboard.  take care   Matt.

At 9:26pm on September 20, 2011, Rolly Perry said…

Brad,

 

I am not a hiker, but thanks! I know the pictures from Record Hill all too well. I climb in the area and have seen them in person. The pictures do NOT show the full force of what is going on. When you go Whitecap (assuming you're going via route #5) go across Andover to Roxbury and to route #17. Head South when you take the Crossover road by the post office. Go down Frye stretch until it almost comes together with the river and where the road curves to the right. Get out and look back! Watch for traffic. Then head North on route #17 headed towards Rangeley. As you go you will go past a cemetery on the right, then up a little ehill. At the bottom of the hill is Birch Pond/Brook Road (I forget if it's brook or pond). It is the only right before Roxbury Village and it is dirt.  Go up it until you get to the first clearing and look abck. Then come down and get ready for an eye full. Go to the bridge (past the clearing and the only way), which is straight then curve to the left. You will come to a second clearing and then a kind of gully. the bridge is not far. Most SUV's & trucks should make it. You may need to carpool, but it Is worth the trip. When you come from Whitecap you will head East (right turn) and go past THE Andover Satellite Station. Gottta go look at that... Then you will go right continuing East past Gallants Furniture up the hill. The opposite way from the pond (Roxbury Pond). When you go through the section and before the little bog and sand pit, you WILL see the Record Hill Access Road. They may let you in if you ask politely. Don;t give away what you're cause is. Say something you do a blog on wind and would like more info on it. That is the truth... That has to be where the ground level up close pictures were taken from. If you can't get in, there is another way. Go down through the Notches heading East on route #120 until it becomes flat. Once flat you will see the Crossover Road (Frye Crossover I believe - know it so I never check), take it. Take THE left (North) on the crossover road. That is The Bunker Pond Road. It is in good shape. Drive about 3 miles and you WILL see the new power line. It is right where the old one is. You can hike up it. It's pretty steep and may be like Whitecap. I hiked it with the dog in the heat and it took quite a while just to get o the level section. It was a Saturday and there was someone working in the woods. I am sure if you bushwhacked a bit you could get around the people working and close to the substation/bases and or turbines. You could get some bearings from the Birch Brook Road... These places and my walks/hike with the dog every week so no need for me to go to Whitecap to see a turbine... As of today they 7th tower was completed to the top with blades on and the 8th one had the first 2 sections up. there are 3 more bases completed. The smaller crane is working on the 4th (in addition) base as of today also. The ones that have been completed and both spinning and rotating. The spinning is clockwise and they do move towards the wind (guessing) from what I've seen. The speed is slow. If they are planning on getting power from such a slow speed, they must have some incredibly efficient generators. I do no have any idea. The towers to the hub are set to be 262' according he Record Hill website and the blades look like they are about 3/4 of the length of the 3 sections plus base towers. It's tough to tell, because they are possibly hidden by the tree line. That makes them 400' or so. Just a guess on my part as I don't go close enough to tell.

 
 
 

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